An example of blasphemy is when John Lennon said the Beatles were more popular than Jesus.
- profane or contemptuous speech, writing, or action concerning God or anything held as divine
- any remark or action held to be irreverent or disrespectful
Origin of blasphemyMiddle English blasfemie from Old French blasphemie from Ecclesiastical Late Latin blasphemia from Classical Greek blasph?mia: see blaspheme
- a. Contemptuous or profane speech or action concerning God or a sacred entity.b. An instance of this.
- a. Irreverent or impious action or expression in regard to something considered inviolable or sacrosanct.b. An instance of this.
Origin of blasphemyMiddle English blasfemie from Late Latin blasphēmia from Greek blasphēmiā from blasphēmein to blaspheme ; see blaspheme .
Old French blasfemie, from Late Latin blasphēmia, from Ancient Greek βλασφημία (blasphēmia, “profanity”), from βλασφημέω (blasphēmeō, “to slander”).
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