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  • 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 deity.

&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 violence.

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

Punished for his blasphemy against learning.
Bacon.

- 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 of "ill-manners."
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