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[blas-fuh-muh s] /ˈblæs fə məs/
uttering, containing, or exhibiting blasphemy; irreverent; profane.
Origin of blasphemous
1525-35; < Late Latin blasphēmus < Greek blásphēmos defaming, speaking evil, equivalent to blá(p)s(is) harm, evil (blab- harm + -sis -sis; compare bláptein to harm) + -phēmos speaking, derivative of phḗmē speech; see -ous
Related forms
blasphemously, adverb
blasphemousness, noun
nonblasphemous, adjective
nonblasphemously, adverb
nonblasphemousness, noun
semiblasphemous, adjective
semiblasphemously, adverb
semiblasphemousness, noun
sacrilegious, impious, irreligious; apostate, iconoclastic. Unabridged
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  • At every other word, you mean; every obscene or blasphemous one.

  • He, then, who maintains such a doctrine, is the most blasphemous of mankind.

    Laws Plato
  • They are apt to think that all truths about religion are blasphemous.

    The Green Carnation Robert Smythe Hichens
  • But that does not justify his speech, which was both cruel and blasphemous.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • And I sink into blasphemous sarcasms which her son one day will charge me with.

    Very Woman Remy de Gourmont
  • He never concealed it when he felt a thrill of blasphemous doubt.

    Visions and Revisions John Cowper Powys
  • From the moment they went through the blasphemous process of swearing to give a true verdict, John Mitchel's fate was sealed.

    The Felon's Track Michael Doheny
British Dictionary definitions for blasphemous


expressing or involving impiousness or gross irreverence towards God, a divine being, or something sacred
Derived Forms
blasphemously, adverb
Word Origin
C15: via Late Latin, from Greek blasphēmos evil-speaking, from blapsis evil + phēmē speech
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Word Origin and History for blasphemous

early 15c., blasfemous, from Old French blasfemeus or directly from Late Latin blasphemus, from blasphemare (see blaspheme).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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