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[blas-feem, blas-feem] /blæsˈfim, ˈblæs fim/
verb (used with object), blasphemed, blaspheming.
to speak impiously or irreverently of (God or sacred things).
to speak evil of; slander; abuse.
verb (used without object), blasphemed, blaspheming.
to speak irreverently of God or sacred things; utter impieties.
Origin of blaspheme
1300-50; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin blasphēmāre < Greek blasphēmeîn to speak profanely, derivative of blásphēmos blasphemous
Related forms
[blas-fee-mer, blas-fee-, -fuh-] /blæsˈfi mər, ˈblæs fi-, -fə-/ (Show IPA),
unblasphemed, adjective
1. See curse. Unabridged
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  • The woman hesitated and then fell to cursing and blaspheming in a most horrible manner, at the same time calling for help.

    The Outlaw of Torn Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • "I wonder if young Stott has been blaspheming again," Challis remarked to Lewes.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • An obvious way of repulse happened to be open to the blaspheming squatter, though there is no other instance of its employment.

    Stingaree E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  • I ran round the base of the crater, blaspheming and praying by turns.

  • But the fair sister continues in her blaspheming mood, and sends a very sharp and contemptuous answer.

  • I asked, feeling at the moment a contempt for this blaspheming coward.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • You will find them in the rancid Tingel-Tangel, blaspheming the kellner because they can't get a highball.

    Europe After 8:15 H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
  • Nor less emphatic is his railing at the plaid and blaspheming at the claymore.

    The Book-Hunter John Hill Burton
  • Persons also is described as a blustering, blaspheming bully, who gives himself absolution for his own transgressions.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for blaspheming


(transitive) to show contempt or disrespect for (God, a divine being, or sacred things), esp in speech
(intransitive) to utter profanities, curses, or impious expressions
Derived Forms
blasphemer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin blasphēmāre, from Greek blasphēmein from blasphēmosblasphemous
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Word Origin and History for blaspheming



mid-14c., from Old French blasfemer "to blaspheme" (14c., Modern French blasphémer), from Church Latin blasphemare (also in Late Latin "revile, reproach"), from Greek blasphemein "to speak lightly or amiss of sacred things, to slander," from blasphemos "evil-speaking" (see blasphemy). A reintroduction after the original word had been worn down and sense-shifted to blame. Related: Blasphemed; blaspheming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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