- the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for any religion's deity or deities
- the act of claiming the attributes of a deity
- irreverence toward something considered sacred or inviolable
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Blas"phe*my (&?;), n. [L. blasphemia,
Gr. &?;: cf. OF. blasphemie.] 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
&fist; 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
2. Figuratively, of things held in high honor:
Calumny; abuse; vilification.
Punished for his blasphemy against learning.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Blasphemy, defined by Ruskin as the opposite of euphemy, and as
wishing ill to anything, culminating in wishing ill to God, as the height
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