blaspheme - vocabulary



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blaspheme - verb

To speak irreverently of God or sacred things or beliefs; to speak evil of someone or something. Used as either a transitive verb (with object), as in She blasphemed the pastor of her church, or an intransitive verb (without object), as in He blasphemed about all sacred things.

Note: The related noun is blasphemy.
Luis Buñuel pulled off a better trick 40 years ago, and with more economy, by posing Catherine Deneuve as St. Sebastian and flinging mud at her in “Belle de Jour.” Though the reason Buñuel succeeded so brilliantly and enduringly is that he blasphemed a bigger modern god, that of celebrity.

—Manohla Dargis Film Review of Lunacy (2005) Los Angeles Times, August 9, 2006
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