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blaspheme

Syllabification: blas·pheme
Pronunciation: /blasˈfēm
 
, ˈblasˌfēm
 
/

Definition of blaspheme in English:

verb

[no object]
Speak irreverently about God or sacred things: he has blasphemed against God
More example sentences
  • Chesterton observed long ago that we only blaspheme what we hold sacred.
  • As the text we read this morning makes clear, death is the penalty for blaspheming and cursing God.
  • Already they are blaspheming and doing blasphemous things against the church.
Synonyms
swear, curse, take the Lord's name in vain
informal cuss
archaic execrate

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin blasphemare 'reproach, revile, blaspheme', from Greek blasphēmein, from blasphēmos 'evil-speaking'. Compare with blame.

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  • blame from (Middle English):

    Blame is from the Old French blamer, blasmer, from a popular Latin variant of ecclesiastical Latin blasphemare ‘reproach, revile, blaspheme’, from Greek blasphēmein, source also of Middle English blaspheme.

Derivatives

blasphemer

1
Pronunciation: /blasˈfēmər, ˈblasfəmər/
noun
Example sentences
  • He admits that he was once a blasphemer and a persecutor of the faith.
  • And Paul, an apostle and leader in the church, was once ‘a blasphemer, a persecutor and a man of violence.’
  • The strengthening of the sovereign's power had diminished the threat of the blasphemer to the community, and blasphemy became a private sin rather than a public menace.

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