What does blasphemy mean?

Definitions for blasphemy
ˈblæs fə miblas·phe·my

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blasphemynoun

    blasphemous language (expressing disrespect for God or for something sacred)

  2. profanation, desecration, blasphemy, sacrilegenoun

    blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character

    "desecration of the Holy Sabbath"


  1. blasphemynoun

    Irreverence toward something considered sacred or inviolable.

  2. blasphemynoun

    The act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for any religion's deity or deities.

  3. blasphemynoun

    The act of claiming the attributes of a deity.

  4. Etymology: blasfemie, from blasphemia, from βλασφημία, from βλασφημέω.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Blasphemynoun

    Blasphemy, strictly and properly, is an offering of some indignity, or injury, unto God himself, either by words or writing. John Ayliffe Parergon.

    Etymology: from blaspheme.

    But that my heart’s on future mischief set,
    I would speak blasphemy, ere bid you fly;
    But fly you must. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. ii.

    Intrinsick goodness consists in accordance, and sin in contrariety, to the secret will of God; or else God could not be defined good, so far as his thoughts and secrets, but only superficially good, as far as he is pleased to reveal himself, which is perfect blasphemy to imagine. Henry Hammond, Fundamentals.


  1. Blasphemy

    Blasphemy is a speech crime and religious crime usually defined as an utterance that shows contempt, disrespects or insults a deity, an object considered sacred or something considered inviolable. Some religions regard blasphemy as a religious crime, especially the Abrahamic religions, including the speaking the "sacred name" in Judaism and the "eternal sin" in Christianity.In the early history of the Church heresy received more attention than blasphemy because it was considered a more serious threat to Orthodoxy. Blasphemy was often regarded as an isolated offense wherein the faithful lapsed momentarily from the expected standard of conduct. When iconoclasm and the fundamental understanding of the sacred became more contentious matters during the Reformation, blasphemy was treated similar to heresy, and accusations of blasphemy were made not only against people who made off-the-cuff profane remarks while drunk, but against those types of persons who espoused unorthodox ideas that religious officials considered dangerous.Blasphemy laws were abolished in England and Wales in 2008, and in Ireland in 2020. Scotland repealed its blasphemy laws in 2021. Many other countries have abolished blasphemy laws including Denmark, the Netherlands, Iceland, Norway and New Zealand. As of 2019, 40 percent of the world's countries still had blasphemy laws on the books, including 18 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, or 90% of countries in that region. Dharmic religions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, have no concept of blasphemy and hence prescribe no punishment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Blasphemynoun

    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

  2. Blasphemynoun

    figuratively, of things held in high honor: Calumny; abuse; vilification


  1. Blasphemy

    Blasphemy is the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for a religious deity or the irreverence towards religious or holy persons or things. Some countries have laws to punish blasphemy, while others have laws that sanction those who are offended by blasphemy to effect their wrath on blasphemers. Those laws may condone penalties or retaliation for blasphemy under the labels of blasphemous libel, expression of opposition, or "villification," of religion or of some religious practices, religious insult, or hate speech.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Blasphemy

    defined by Ruskin as the opposite of euphemy, and as wishing ill to anything, culminating in wishing ill to God, as the height of "ill-manners."

Editors Contribution

  1. Blasphemy

    Talking disrespectfully about god or doing an act that is profane; showing reverence towards a deity.

    Police should arrest all the pseudo-seculars guilty of blasphemy.

    Submitted by anonymous on May 4, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of blasphemy in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of blasphemy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of blasphemy in a Sentence

  1. Farooq Kperogi:

    Sadly, this sort of consequence-free murder of people in the name of avenging' blasphemy' has been going on for far too long in the North. This must stop ! the monsters in that video are easily identifiable. The Sokoto State government must immediately apprehend them and make an example of them. If The Sokoto State government doesn't happen, this kind of murderous barbarism will continue.

  2. Trev McKendry:

    Ilkhani, 21 -- were arrested in their hometown of Tehran on November 10, 2015by the Army of Guardians of the Islamic Revolution, according to the music blog Loudwire. Citing a letter from a friend of the band posted on the Canadian music site Metal Nation Radio, it says the two were charged with blasphemy, advertising against the system, forming and operating an underground record label that promotes the satanic metal/rock style of music, writing religious, atheistic, political and anarchistic lyrics, and interviewing with radio stations based in other nations. The letter said the pair had been held in Iran’s notorious Evin prison for nearly two months in solitary confinement, were only released on Feb. 5 after they paid 1,000,000,000 Rial( about $ 30,000), and now await trial. Trev McKendry, who posted the anonymous letter on Metal Nation Radio, posted a video on YouTube telling Confess that the global heavy metal community is behind them. I've taken [ spreading the word ] upon myself because my source, who is close to the band, reached out to me and specifically said that they asked me to help.

  3. Todd Daniels:

    There is over $1 billion in aid every year that goes to Egypt, and these dollars must remain linked to progress that is made on Egypt's human rights record, egypt has a crucial role to play in countering violent extremism in the Middle East, but blasphemy cases onfrivolouscharges like this only increase the grip of extremists.

  4. Cyril Almeida:

    The state is awkwardly trying to reassert its primacy, but generations now of Pakistanis have been raised with the belief that their version of religion trumps everything else, the blasphemy law is almost incidental to the larger trend of a radicalized society that has slipped out of the control of a weak state.

  5. Charlie Hebdo editor Gerard Briard:

    We are a secular, democratic and atheist newspaper, the term blasphemy has no meaning for us.

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