Definition of blaspheme in English:


Line breaks: blas|pheme
Pronunciation: /blasˈfiːm


[no object]
  • Speak irreverently about God or sacred things: he has blasphemed against the Holy Spirit
    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.
    swear, curse, utter oaths, utter profanities, take the Lord's name in vain
    informal cuss
    archaic execrate, imprecate



More 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.


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

More definitions of blaspheme

Definition of blaspheme in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmeɪlstrəm
a powerful whirlpool in the sea