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blasphemy


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  Note:  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  blasphemy 
  n  1:  blasphemous  language  (expressing  disrespect  for  God  or  for 
  something  sacred) 
  2:  blasphemous  behavior  [syn:  {profanation},  {desecration},  {sacrilege}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Blasphemy 
  In  the  sense  of  speaking  evil  of  God  this  word  is  found  in  Ps 
  74:18;  Isa.  52:5;  Rom.  2:24;  Rev.  13:1,  6;  16:9,  11,  21.  It 
  denotes  also  any  kind  of  calumny,  or  evil-speaking,  or  abuse  (1 
  Kings  21:10;  Acts  13:45;  18:6,  etc.).  Our  Lord  was  accused  of 
  blasphemy  when  he  claimed  to  be  the  Son  of  God  (Matt.  26:65; 
  comp.  Matt.  9:3;  Mark  2:7).  They  who  deny  his  Messiahship 
  blaspheme  Jesus  (Luke  22:65;  John  10:36). 
 
  Blasphemy  against  the  Holy  Ghost  (Matt.  12:31,  32;  Mark  3:28, 
  29;  Luke  12:10)  is  regarded  by  some  as  a  continued  and  obstinate 
  rejection  of  the  gospel,  and  hence  is  an  unpardonable  sin, 
  simply  because  as  long  as  a  sinner  remains  in  unbelief  he 
  voluntarily  excludes  himself  from  pardon.  Others  regard  the 
  expression  as  designating  the  sin  of  attributing  to  the  power  of 
  Satan  those  miracles  which  Christ  performed,  or  generally  those 
  works  which  are  the  result  of  the  Spirit's  agency. 
 




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