blaspheme

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v blaspheme speak of in an irreverent or impious manner "blaspheme God"
    • v blaspheme utter obscenities or profanities "The drunken men were cursing loudly in the street"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Blaspheme Figuratively, of persons and things not religiously sacred, but held in high honor: To calumniate; to revile; to abuse. "You do blaspheme the good in mocking me.""Those who from our labors heap their board, Blaspheme their feeder and forget their lord."
    • Blaspheme To speak of, or address, with impious irreverence; to revile impiously (anything sacred); as, to blaspheme the Holy Spirit. "So Dagon shall be magnified, and God,
      Besides whom is no god, compared with idols,
      Disglorified, blasphemed , and had in scorn."
      "How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge thyself on all those who thus continually blaspheme thy great and all-glorious name?"
    • v. i Blaspheme To utter blasphemy. "He that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • blaspheme Blasphemous.
    • n blaspheme A blasphemer.
    • n blaspheme Blasphemy.
    • blaspheme To speak impiously or irreverently of (God or sacred things). See blasphemy.
    • blaspheme To speak evil of; utter abuse or calumny against; speak reproachfully of.
    • blaspheme To utter blasphemy; use profane or impious words; talk profanely or disrespectfully of God or of sacred things: followed by against.
    • blaspheme To rail; utter abusive words.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t., v.i Blaspheme blas-fēm′ to speak impiously of, as of God: to curse and swear
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. blasfemēn, L. blasphemare, fr. Gr. blasfhmei^n: cf. F. blasphémer,. See Blame (v.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. blasphēme-einblaptein, to hurt, phēmi to speak. See Blame.

Usage

In literature:

Anyhow, blasphemous or not, that is my need, and I must follow after my own thinking and my own desire.
"Figures of Earth" by James Branch Cabell
But 'inhuman' and blasphemous!
"John Caldigate" by Anthony Trollope
With staring eyes and contracted brows he saw the flames which await him who blasphemes.
"A Mere Accident" by George Moore
Every blasphemer was to receive on his mouth the imprint of a red-hot iron.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume II. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
Charles sat mumbling blasphemous oaths.
"Yolanda: Maid of Burgundy" by Charles Major
They all seemed to take their cue from the captain, who was a drunken, blaspheming, and cruel vagabond.
"Eric" by Frederic William Farrar
It seems so easy for you two to be happy that I can't help feeling it blasphemous for you to be anything else.
"The Precipice" by Elia Wilkinson Peattie
He screamed at Mr. Skinner a blasphemous invitation to betake himself to the lower regions.
"The Go-Getter" by Peter B. Kyne
After he had blasphemed himself into a certain degree of calmness, he read the letter twice through carefully, and learned it by heart.
"Overland" by John William De Forest
The little horn is a blasphemous power; for it speaks great words against the Most High.
"The United States in the Light of Prophecy" by Uriah Smith
But I hope I am not blaspheming either.
"The Meaning of Good--A Dialogue" by G. Lowes Dickinson
His lips were unclean with blaspheming God's name.
"The Deacon of Dobbinsville" by John A. Morrison
When men blaspheme we should pray and be silent, and not carry wood to the fire.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol X" by Various
To belittle Browning as an artist after such a poem is to blaspheme against art.
"Old and New Masters" by Robert Lynd
I laugh to scorn their blasphemous law!
"The Young Captives" by Erasmus W. Jones
Reckoning it blasphemous, they attempted to stone Him.
"Quiet Talks about Jesus" by S. D. Gordon
They can do nothing for you; they are an impotent blasphemous pretence; a horror and abomination, if ye knew them.
"Sacred Books of the East" by Various
Not that I would blaspheme against Greek poetry, or depreciate the knowledge of the language as an attainment.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)" by Frederic G. Kenyon
They howl about plots that are ostensibly from the soberest of novels, whose authors they blasphemously invoke.
"The Art Of The Moving Picture" by Vachel Lindsay
That he blasphemed God and the King.
"On the Old Road, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by John Ruskin
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In poetry:

God of my mercy and my praise,
Thy glory is my song,
Though sinners speak against thy grace
With a blaspheming tongue.
"Psalm 109" by Isaac Watts
Let malice vent her rage aloud,
Let bold blasphemers scoff;
The Lord our God shall judge the proud
And cut the sinners off.
"Psalm 94 part 2" by Isaac Watts
That daily, hourly, from the bad to worse,
Men tread the path,
Blaspheming God, and careless of the curse
Of his dead wrath.
"A Christmas Chant" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Their impious tongues blaspheme
The everlasting God;
Their malice blasts the good man's name,
And spreads their lies abroad.
"Psalm LXXIII: Now I'm Convinced the Lord Is Kind" by Isaac Watts
Blasphemers trusting to hold caught
In far-flung webs of ink,
The utmost ends of human thought
Till nothing's left to think.
"Wild Strawberries" by Robert Graves
Blasphemers trusting to hold caught
In far-flung webs of ink
The utmost ends of human thought,
Till nothing's left to think.
"A Ballad Of Nursery Rhyme" by Robert Graves

In news:

No, we're not talking about that blasphemous remake with Brendan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley from a few years ago.
It's been called " blasphemous ".
"The Book of Mormon " is Blessedly Blasphemous.
Al-Qaeda operative's order to Colleen LaRose: Kill artist who blasphemed prophet.
Some may say that holograms of dead celebrities are blasphemous and some might just want to get the chance they never had to see their idol "live" in person(?
With increasing — some might argue reckless and blasphemous — frequency, horror movies are incorporating religious themes and images, allowing audiences to confront their fears while finding comfort in the familiar trappings of faith.
Philly Pastor Calls Meek Mill's Music Blasphemous.
North Philly minister says Meek Mill's "Amen" is blasphemous.
Egypt's general prosecutor wants the death penalty for Americans who blaspheme Mohammad .
For many Muslims , any depiction of the prophet is considered blasphemous.
CEO of the Planetary Society, blasphemer and general "science guy" Bill Nye is a bit irked about cuts in government funding for planetary exploration.
Yes, there are plenty of blasphemous and obscene things in our society, but learning to differentiate between those on the one hand and art on the other, is a crucial ability.
It's the Taliban who blaspheme.
Just know that the loyal citizens of the WBIR signal range are obliged to kill and eat anyone who dares blaspheme the name of our beloved anchor.
That is why this seems so blasphemous coming from Jennifer Aniston.
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In science:

However, it is logically impossible to alter the past and such a prayer is blasphemous according to orthodox Jewish theologians , because we are asking God to perform an impossible thing.
LHC card games: bringing about retrocausality?
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