• WordNet 3.6
    • n blasphemy blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character "desecration of the Holy Sabbath"
    • n blasphemy blasphemous language (expressing disrespect for God or for something sacred)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Blasphemy An indignity offered to God in words, writing, or signs; impiously irreverent words or signs addressed to, or used in reference to, God; speaking evil of God; also, the act of claiming the attributes or prerogatives of deity.
    • Blasphemy Figuratively, of things held in high honor: Calumny; abuse; vilification. "Punished for his blasphemy against learning."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n blasphemy In Old Testament usage, any attempt to diminish the reverence with which Jehovah's name was invested as the Sovereign King of the Jews, or to turn the hearts of the people from their complete allegiance to him. It was a crime answering to treason in our own time, and was carefully defined and rigorously punished by the Mosaic laws. It was of this crime that Jesus was accused, and for it condemned, because he assumed the divine character and accepted diviue honors.
    • n blasphemy Hence Any impious or profane speaking of God or of sacred things; reproachful, contemptuous, or irreverent words uttered impiously against God or religion.
    • n blasphemy Blasphemy cognizable by common law is described by Blackstone to be “denying the being or providence of God, contumelious reproaches of our Saviour Christ, profane scoffing at the Holy Scripture, or exposing it to contempt or ridicule”; by Kent as “maliciously reviling God or religion”; and by Chief Justice Lemuel Shaw as “speaking evil of the Deity with an impious purpose to derogate from the Divine Majesty, and to alienate the minds of others from the love and reverence of God.” Blasphemy is punished as a crime or a misdemeanor by the laws of many nations. In the Roman Catholic Church, language irreverent toward the Virgin Mary and the saints is also held to be blasphemy.
    • n blasphemy Evil speaking or abusive language against anything held sacred: as, “blasphemy against learning,”
    • n blasphemy An indecent or scurrilous utterance, as distinguished from fair and respectful discussion; grossly irreverent or outrageous language.
    • n blasphemy A blasphemer; a blasphemous person.
    • n blasphemy Synonyms Blasphemy, Profanity, agree in expressing the irreverent use of words, but the former is the stronger, and the latter the wider. Profanity is language irreverent toward God or holy things, covering especially all oaths that, literally interpreted, treat lightly the attributes or acts of God. Blasphemy is generally more direct, intentional, and defiant in its impiety, and is directed toward the most sacred things in religion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Blasphemy profane speaking: contempt or indignity offered to God
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  • Paul Rudnick
    Paul Rudnick
    “There is only one blasphemy, and that is the refusal to experience joy.”
  • Salman Rushdie
    “Your blasphemy, Salman, can't be forgiven. To set your words against the Words of God.”
  • Salman Rushdie
    “Where there is no belief, there is no blasphemy.”
  • Alistair Cooke
    Alistair Cooke
    “Washington's birthday is as close to a secular Christmas as any Christian country dare come this side of blasphemy.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “All great truths begin as blasphemies.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. blasphemia, Gr. ,: cf. OF. blasphemie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. blasphēme-einblaptein, to hurt, phēmi to speak. See Blame.


In literature:

Instead of echoing night and day the praises of God, these dishonored arches too often repeat only the blasphemies of obscene cries.
"A Short History of Monks and Monasteries" by Alfred Wesley Wishart
I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
"The Revelation Explained" by F. Smith
Bloodshot eyes that blink, And thick lips, framed for blasphemy and drink.
"Punch Among the Planets" by Various
With curses and blasphemy the crowd hurled itself down the stairs to the floor below.
"The Light That Lures" by Percy Brebner
To dispute what Don Silverio said was like blasphemy to her; she honoured him with all her soul, but she loved Adone.
"The Waters of Edera" by Louise de la Ramée, a.k.a. Ouida
Oaths and blasphemies fall from your lips, and you scarce know it yourselves.
"A Heroine of France" by Evelyn Everett-Green
But that He would ever stoop to punish was an unheard-of blasphemy.
"Halcyone" by Elinor Glyn
That would be as much a blasphemy as trusting any other man.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)" by Alexander Maclaren
To question a priest was blasphemy.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 5 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Every man in the room started to his feet at the utterance of that supreme legal blasphemy.
"McClure's Magazine, January, 1896, Vol. VI. No. 2" by Various

In poetry:

His life they load with hateful lies,
And charge his lips with blasphemies;
They nail him to the shameful tree:
There hung the Man that died for me.
"Psalm 69 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Like the rest, I spat onto the altar
A laugh made of blasphemy and disdain.
But one day my hardness was fatally shaken;
An alarm went off in my repentant heart!
"The Convert" by Antero Tarquinio de Quental
God! I never want to see
Any face so wrung with pain,
Nor to hear such blasphemy
Ever in my life again.
White he was, an' starey-eyed,
With his hand pressed to his side.
"The Reaper in the Bush" by C J Dennis
There is one sin: to call a green leaf gray,
Whereat the sun in heaven shuddereth.
There is one blasphemy: for death to pray,
For God alone knoweth the praise of death.
"Ecclesiastes" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Plunder, keen-ey'd and lean, rang with plaudits the sky,
Murder grinn'd as he whetted his steel;
While Blasphemy swore the Redeemer on high
Was the creature of Folly and Zeal.
"The Fury Of Discord" by Sir John Carr
So beautiful she—was; ah! "was," say I,
Yet doubt her dead—I did not see her die.
Only by others borne across the sea
Came the incredible wild blasphemy
They called her death—as though it could be true
Of such an immortality as you!
"Her Portrait Immortal" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

Pakistan girl's blasphemy charges dismissed.
A Pakistani court on Tuesday dismissed blasphemy charges against Rimsha Masih, a Christian teenager whose case prompted international outrage.
Blasphemy ,' by Sherman Alexie.
Pakistan Court Orders Blasphemy Charges Against Christian Girl Dropped.
A Pakistani court dismissed blasphemy charges against Rimsha Masih, a Christian girl accused of burning pages of the Quran.
Rimsha Masih, the young Christian Pakistani girl whose arrest earlier this year drew international attention, has been cleared of the blasphemy charge against her.
'Insulting religion': Blasphemy sentence in Egypt sends a chill .
Blasphemy cases are on the rise in Egypt.
After film, push strengthens for blasphemy clause in Egypt's constitution.
This week, religious conservatives will seek to prohibit blasphemy in the Egyptian constitution.
Obama to denounce anti-islam film at UN as Muslim leaders call for anti-blasphemy laws.
Why, for example, are there blasphemy laws protecting only Christianity.
Jimmie Johnson winning another Cup championship is blasphemy.
Muslim countries' blasphemy laws empower extremists.
Fearful Pakistani Christians flee to forest after girl's blasphemy law arrest.

In science:

He simply did not need to postulate His existence in order to explain existing astronomical data. Similarly, the present work is not blasphemy.
Theory of citing