from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To speak of (God or a sacred entity) in an irreverent, impious manner.
- transitive v. To revile; execrate.
- intransitive v. To speak blasphemy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Things said against the Church or God.
- v. To commit blasphemy; to speak against God or religious doctrine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To speak of, or address, with impious irreverence; to revile impiously (anything sacred).
- transitive v. Figuratively, of persons and things not religiously sacred, but held in high honor: To calumniate; to revile; to abuse.
- intransitive v. To utter blasphemy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A blasphemer.
- n. Blasphemy.
- To speak impiously or irreverently of (God or sacred things). See blasphemy.
- To speak evil of; utter abuse or calumny against; speak reproachfully of.
- To utter blasphemy; use profane or impious words; talk profanely or disrespectfully of God or of sacred things: followed by against.
- To rail; utter abusive words.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. utter obscenities or profanities
- v. speak of in an irreverent or impious manner
The word blaspheme originally means to speak evil of any one, to injure by words, to blame unjustly.
The fact struck me with unusual force when I dictated the word blaspheme to a group of ninth-grade students recently: They frowned at me as if all of them had suddenly developed a hearing disability.
Because to blaspheme is to utter an affront or insult against the Creator.
John's symbolism in the Book of Revelation was mainly designed to portray that those who "blaspheme" against God suffer in many ways.
Some people may believe, but choose to "blaspheme" in order to make a statement about something else.
If they allowed themselves, as they sometimes did, to "blaspheme" against religion or the Tsar, they ran the risk of being maltreated on the spot.
Judas; such as blaspheme the gospel, with Alexander; and that lie and dissemble, with Ananias and Sapphira his wife.
And Interior Minister Rehman Malik declared that he would personally kill anyone who dared blaspheme Muhammad's name.
Vezzoli's Sacrilegio seeks not to blaspheme Christian faith it lacks the epistemic fiber necessary to even rise to that level.
There is no freedom of religion without the freedom to blaspheme.