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Meaning of BLASPHEME

Pronunciation:  blas'feem

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  speak of in an irrevent or impious manner; "blaspheme God"
  2. [v]  utter obscenities or profanities; "The drunken men were cursing loudly in the street"

BLASPHEME is a 9 letter word that starts with B.


 See Also: express, give tongue to, talk about, talk of, utter, verbalise, verbalize



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Blas*pheme"\ (bl[a^]s*f[=e]m"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Blasphemed} (-f[=e]md"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Blaspheming}.]
    [OE. blasfem[=e]n, L. blasphemare, fr. Gr. blasfhmei^n: cf.
    F. blasph['e]mer. See {Blame}, v.]
    1. 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.         --Milton.
             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? --Dr. W.
    2. 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. --Shak.
             Those who from our labors heap their board,
             Blaspheme their feeder and forget their lord.
  2. \Blas*pheme"\, v. i.
    To utter blasphemy.
          He that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath
          never forgiveness.                       --Mark iii.
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