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See also: blasphémé and blasphème



Old French blaspheme, from Ecclesiastical Latin blasphēmō, from Ancient Greek βλασφημέω(blasphēméō).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌblæsˈfiːm/, /ˌblɑːsˈfiːm/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈblæs.fim/


blaspheme (third-person singular simple present blasphemes, present participle blaspheming, simple past and past participle blasphemed)

  1. (intransitive) To commit blasphemy; to speak against God or religious doctrine.
    • 1611, Bible (KJV), Mark 3:29:
      But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.
    • 1980, The Blues Brothers:
      Mrs. Murphy: Don't you blaspheme in here!
  2. (transitive) To speak of, or address, with impious irreverence; to revile impiously (anything sacred).
    • Milton
      So Dagon shall be magnified, and God, / Besides whom is no god, compared with idols, / Disglorified, blasphemed, and had in scorn.
    • Dr. W. Beveridge
      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?
  3. (transitive) To calumniate; to revile; to abuse.
    • Shakespeare
      You do blaspheme the good in mocking me.
    • Alexander Pope
      Those who from our labours heap their board, / Blaspheme their feeder and forget their lord.


Related terms[edit]


blaspheme (plural blasphemes)

  1. Obsolete spelling of blasphemy




  1. vocative masculine singular of blasphēmus