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Blaspheme

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  • The verb corresponding to blasphemy—which means a contemptuous or profane act or utterance against God or another sacred entity—is blaspheme. Its pronunciation (blas-FEEM) can be a little awkward for English speakers as we’re not used to iambic verbs, and this might partially explain why the more natural-sounding blasphemy sometimes appears as a verb, especially in speech.

     

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    Examples

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    Blasphemy is about ten times as common as blaspheme, but the verb can be useful—for example:

    The past two days, the Red Sox have appeared to abandon the game of baseball, or at least to blaspheme it. [Providence Journal]

    This is a warning to those highly sensitive to political blasphemy: Don’t read on. For many, I’m about to blaspheme. [Visalia Times-Delta]

    Over and over Jeunet returns to this blasphemed ground, demonstrating the theory and practice of hell. [Washington Post]

    After only about two furlongs I was blaspheming under my breath at the sheer audacity of it all. [Guardian]

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    Comments

    1. Pastor Eric says:

      It looks to me that blaspheme is a one time or nonconstant
      position. Blasphemy is a life style and a continual stance against whatever is
      being blasphemed.

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