- Blasphemy 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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.
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