Definition of blasphemy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈblasfəmē/

noun (plural blasphemies)

The act or offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things; profane talk: he was detained on charges of blasphemy screaming incomprehensible blasphemies
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  • A child from a Christian home can be put in an embarrassing situation if asked to read aloud a passage including swear words and blasphemy.
  • Paul's blasphemy was unintended, and he repented when he recognized the truth.
  • A strict control of blasphemy and bad language was maintained.
profanity, sacrilege, irreligion, irreverence, taking the Lord's name in vain, swearing, curse, cursing, impiety, desecration
archaic execration


Middle English: from Old French, via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek blasphēmia 'slander, blasphemy'.

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Syllabification: blas·phe·my

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