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blasphemous

[blas-fuh-muh s] /ˈblæs fə məs/
adjective
1.
uttering, containing, or exhibiting blasphemy; irreverent; profane.
Origin
1525-1535
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
Synonyms
sacrilegious, impious, irreligious; apostate, iconoclastic.
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Examples from the web for blasphemous
  • Whatever your reasoning, your comment was both blasphemous and irrational.
  • To type using today's internet lingo would be blasphemous for me.
  • We name all our dogs after saints, which may be blasphemous but it works for us.
  • The fact that you can't buy a new Ferrari with a proper gearshifter seems to some as shocking as it is blasphemous.
  • He also had great fun exchanging obscene and blasphemous letters and drawings with his friends.
  • His opinions, his suspect friendships, and now in addition this blasphemous gesture.
  • For instance, when evolution was first established as a concept, it was considered blasphemous.
  • The desecration of caves with burials within them is blasphemous.
British Dictionary definitions for blasphemous

blasphemous

/ˈblæsfɪməs/
adjective
1.
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
adj.

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

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