-noun, plural -mies.
1. Impious utterance or action concerning god or sacred things.
A. an act of cursing or reviling God.
B. pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton in the original, now forbidden manner
instead of using a substitute pronunciation such as Adonai.
3. Theology. The crime of assuming to oneself the rights or qualities of God.
4. Irreverent behavior toward anything held scared, priceless, etc. “ He uttered blasphemies against life itself.
Synonyms 1. Profanity, cursing, swearing; sacrilege, impiety.blas·phe·mies
1. A. A contemptuous or profane act, utterance, or writing concerning God
or a sacred entity.
B. The act of claiming for oneself the attributes and rights of God.
2. An irreverent or impious act, attitude, or utterance in regard to something
considered inviolable or sacrosanct.
[Middle English blasfemie , from Late Latin blasphemia , from Greek blasphemia , from blasphemein , to blaspheme ; see blaspheme .]blasphemy
early 13c., from O.Fr. blasfemie "blasphemy," from L.L. blasphemia , from Gk. blasphemia "a speaking ill, impious speech, slander," from blasphemein "to speak evil of." Second element is pheme "utterance" (see fame); first element uncertain, perhaps related to blaptikos "hurtful," though blax "slack (in body and mind), stupid" also has been suggested. Legal Dictionary
Main Entry: blas·phe·my
Inflected Form: plural -mies
:the crime of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God or a religion and its doctrines and writings and esp. God as perceived by Christianity and Christian doctrines and writings —see
also Amendment I to the CONSTITUTION in the back matter NOTE:
In many states, blasphemy statutes have been repealed as contrary to the First Amendment. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law, © 1996 Merriam-Webster, Inc. Encyclopedia
irreverence toward a deity or deities and, by extension, the use of profanity. Merriam-Webster
Main Entry: blas·phe·my ￼
Pronunciation: \'blas-f?-me\Function: noun Inflected Form(s):
plural blas·phe·miesDate: 13th century
a : the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God
b : the act of claiming the attributes of deity
2 : irreverence toward something considered sacred or inviolable