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Meaning of BLASPHEMY

Pronunciation:  'blasfumee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character; "desecration of the Holy Sabbath"
  2. [n]  blasphemous language (expressing disrespect for God or for something sacred)

BLASPHEMY is a 9 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: desecration, profanation, sacrilege
 See Also: discourtesy, disrespect, irreverence, profanity, violation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Blas"phe*my\, n. [L. blasphemia, Gr. ?: cf. OF.
1. 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.

Note: When used generally in statutes or at common law,
      blasphemy is the use of irreverent words or signs in
      reference to the Supreme Being in such a way as to
      produce scandal or provoke violence.

2. Figuratively, of things held in high honor: Calumny;
   abuse; vilification.

         Punished for his blasphemy against learning.

Easton Bible Dictionary

In the sense of speaking evil of God this word is found in Ps. 74:18; Isa. 52:5; Rom. 2:24; Rev. 13:1, 6; 16:9, 11, 21. It denotes also any kind of calumny, or evil-speaking, or abuse (1 Kings 21:10; Acts 13:45; 18:6, etc.). Our Lord was accused of blasphemy when he claimed to be the Son of God (Matt. 26:65; comp. Matt. 9:3; Mark 2:7). They who deny his Messiahship blaspheme Jesus (Luke 22:65; John 10:36).

Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost (Matt. 12:31, 32; Mark 3:28, 29; Luke 12:10) is regarded by some as a continued and obstinate rejection of the gospel, and hence is an unpardonable sin, simply because as long as a sinner remains in unbelief he voluntarily excludes himself from pardon. Others regard the expression as designating the sin of attributing to the power of Satan those miracles which Christ performed, or generally those works which are the result of the Spirit's agency.

Thesaurus Terms
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