Share this entry

blasphemy Line breaks: blas|phemy
Pronunciation: /ˈblasfəmi/

Definition of blasphemy in English:

noun (plural blasphemies)

[mass noun]
The action or offence of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things; profane talk: he was detained on charges of blasphemy [count noun]: he was screaming incomprehensible blasphemies
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
profanity, profaneness, sacrilege, irreligiousness, irreverence, taking the Lord's name in vain, swearing, curse, cursing, impiety, impiousness, ungodliness, unholiness, desecration, disrespect
archaicexecration

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with blasphemy

academy • sodomy

Definition of blasphemy in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Related Words