Blasphemy



impious utterance or action concerning God or sacred things.
Judaism.

an act of cursing or reviling God.
pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH) in the original, now forbidden manner instead of using a substitute pronunciation such as Adonai.

Theology. the crime of assuming to oneself the rights or qualities of God.
irreverent behavior toward anything held sacred, priceless, etc.:
He uttered blasphemies against life itself.
Contemporary Examples

Pakistan’s Dance With Terrorists Just Backfired and Killed 132 Children Chris Allbritton December 16, 2014
Blasphemy Must Be An Untouchable Human Right Justin Green September 25, 2012
The Reality of Anti-Blasphemy Laws Hussein Ibish October 2, 2012
In Defense of Blasphemy Michael Tomasky January 8, 2015
How I Hid Salman Rushdie During the Fatwa Geoffrey Robertson February 8, 2009

Historical Examples

The Hour and the Man Harriet Martineau
Other Tales and Sketches Nathaniel Hawthorne
Know the Truth; A critique of the Hamiltonian Theory of Limitation Jesse H. Jones
Blood and Iron John Hubert Greusel
The Isle Of Pines (1668) Henry Neville

noun (pl) -mies
blasphemous behaviour or language
(law) Also called blasphemous libel. the crime committed if a person insults, offends, or vilifies the deity, Christ, or the Christian religion
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