- The definition of blasphemy is saying something concerning God that is very disrespectful.
An example of blasphemy is when John Lennon said the Beatles were more popular than Jesus.
- profane or contemptuous speech, writing, or action concerning God or anything held as divine
- any remark or action held to be irreverent or disrespectful
Origin of blasphemyMiddle English blasfemie ; from Old French blasphemie ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin blasphemia ; from Classical Greek blasphēmia: see blaspheme
- a. Contemptuous or profane speech or action concerning God or a sacred entity.b. An instance of this.
- a. Irreverent or impious action or expression in regard to something considered inviolable or sacrosanct.b. An instance of this.
Origin of blasphemyMiddle English blasfemie, from Late Latin blasphēmia, from Greek blasphēmiā, from blasphēmein, to blaspheme; see blaspheme.
blasphemy - Legal Definition
The act of reviling, ridiculing, or being disrespectful or irreverent of, by words or conduct, God, religion, a religious doctrine, a religious icon, or anything considered sacred. A crime under the common law if the blasphemy was directed towards Christianity or Christian doctrine and icons and is still a statutory crime (although rarely enforced) in many states.