(Blas*pheme") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blasphemed (-femd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Blaspheming.]
[OE. blasfemen, L. blasphemare, fr. Gr. blasfhmei^n: cf. F. blasphémer. See Blame, v.]
1. To speak of, or address, with impious irreverence; to revile impiously (anything sacred); as, to blaspheme
the Holy Spirit.
So Dagon shall be magnified, and God,
Besides whom is no god, compared with idols,
and had in scorn.
How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge thyself on all those who thus continually
blaspheme thy great and all-glorious name?
Dr. W. Beveridge.
2. Figuratively, of persons and things not religiously sacred, but held in high honor: To calumniate; to
revile; to abuse.
You do blaspheme the good in mocking me.
Those who from our labors heap their board,
Blaspheme their feeder and forget their lord.
(Blas*pheme"), v. i. To utter blasphemy.
He that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness.
Mark iii. 29.
(Blas*phem"er) n. One who blasphemes.
And each blasphemer quite escape the rod,
Because the insult's not on man, but God ?
(Blas"phe*mous) a. [L. blasphemus, Gr. .] Speaking or writing blasphemy; uttering or
exhibiting anything impiously irreverent; profane; as, a blasphemous person; containing blasphemy; as, a
blasphemous book; a blasphemous caricature. "Blasphemous publications." Porteus.
Nor from the Holy One of Heaven
Refrained his tongue blasphemous.
Formerly this word was accented on the second syllable, as in the above example.
(Blas"phe*mous*ly), adv. In a blasphemous manner.
(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
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.
(-blast) sprout, shoot.]> A suffix or terminal formative, used principally in biological terms, and
signifying growth, formation; as, bioblast, epiblast, mesoblast, etc.
(Blast) n. [AS. bl&aemacrst a puff of wind, a blowing; akin to Icel. blastr, OHG. blast, and fr. a
verb akin to Icel. blasa to blow, OHG. blâsan, Goth. blesan (in comp.); all prob. from the same root as
E. blow. See Blow to eject air.]