Definition of blaspheme in English:



[no object]
  • Speak irreverently about God or sacred things.

    ‘he has blasphemed against the Holy Spirit’
    • ‘What isn't said much these days - a forbidden thought much akin to blaspheming in church - is that modern democracy, as a way of governance, has problems.’
    • ‘Moreover, he indicts his accusers for blaspheming against the Holy Spirit.’
    • ‘Because Faustus has blasphemed against God in his incantations, Mephistophilis has come to see if he can claim Faustus' soul.’
    • ‘It seemed pretty good to them; you don't go to hell for sinning or blaspheming, but your heaven isn't as good as the people who don't sin at all.’
    • ‘They drew attention to themselves by shouting loudly and blaspheming against Allah.’
    • ‘If you ask people to stop swearing or blaspheming, some people will silently respect you while others will go out of their way to turn the air blue.’
    • ‘Even Kathy was looking like she had blasphemed.’
    • ‘Chesterton observed long ago that we only blaspheme what we hold sacred.’
    • ‘I swore softly, taking care not to blaspheme in case that increased my punishment.’
    • ‘They are sure that the power that they wield as rulers has won the battle against this one who blasphemes.’
    • ‘He blasphemed the only sacred values of the postmodern West: skepticism, relativism, pluralism and tolerance.’
    • ‘Blaspheming the Holy Spirit is a sin that won't go away - ever.’
    • ‘She had come close to death more than once and had known pain so excruciating that she felt sure the demons were tempting her to blaspheme.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We are also managing not to blaspheme too much.’
    • ‘I think that was the first time I prayed, only I wasn't praying, I was blaspheming.’
    • ‘What good does it do that you believe and yet blaspheme?’
    • ‘I appeal to everybody here not to blaspheme this sacred place with political quarrels.’
    • ‘He is telling them to take care, because whoever he might be who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, he will never be forgiven.’
    swear, curse, utter oaths, utter profanities, take the lord's name in vain
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Middle English: via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin blasphemare ‘reproach, revile, blaspheme’, from Greek blasphēmein, from blasphēmos ‘evil-speaking’. Compare with blame.