Blasphemy

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.
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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.
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2. Figuratively, of things held in high honor: Calumny; abuse; vilification.
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Punished for his blasphemy against learning.
Bacon.
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