Blasphemy definition

blăsfə-mē
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Profane or contemptuous speech, writing, or action concerning God or anything held as divine.
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Any remark or action held to be irreverent or disrespectful.
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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.
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The act of claiming the attributes of a deity.
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The act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for any religion's deity or deities.
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Contemptuous or profane speech or action concerning God or a sacred entity.
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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.

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Irreverence toward something considered sacred or inviolable.

That imam said that drawing the prophet Muhammad is a form of blasphemy.

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Irreverent or impious action or expression in regard to something considered inviolable or sacrosanct.
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An instance of this.
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An instance of this.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
blasphemy
Plural:
blasphemies

Origin of blasphemy

  • Middle English blasfemie from Late Latin blasphēmia from Greek blasphēmiā from blasphēmein to blaspheme blaspheme

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old French blasfemie, from Late Latin blasphēmia, from Ancient Greek βλασφημία (blasphēmia, “profanity”), from βλασφημέω (blasphēmeō, “to slander”).

    From Wiktionary