“Blasphemy (noun): Language or an expression that flouts the name of god or religious sensibilities; irreverence or cursing; an offensively impious expression. Adj. blasphemous; adv. blasphemously; n. blasphemer; v. blaspheme.

‘He was quite aware that a number of the men saying their prayers were also watching him closely with murder in their eyes, and it seemed to stimulate him to fresh feats of imaginative blasphemy.’

Katherine Anne Porter, Ship of Fools”

Excerpted from: Grambs, David. The Random House Dictionary for Writers and Readers. New York: Random House, 1990.

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