Blasphemy is the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence to a deity, or sacred objects, or toward something considered sacred or inviolable.[1][2][3][4]

Some religions consider blasphemy to be a religious crime.[5] As of 2012, anti-blasphemy laws existed in 32 countries, while 87 nations had hate speech laws that covered defamation of religion and public expression of hate against a religious group.[6] Anti-blasphemy laws are particularly common in Muslim-majority nations, such as those in the Middle East and North Africa,[6] although they are also present in some Asian and European countries.


The word "blasphemy" came via Middle English blasfemen and Old French blasfemer and Late Latin blasphemare from Greek βλασφημέω, from βλάπτω "injure" and φήμη "utterance, talk, speech". From blasphemare also came Old French blasmer, from which English "blame" came. Blasphemy: 'from Gk. blasphemia "a speaking ill, impious speech, slander," from blasphemein "to speak evil of."'[7] "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 LXX; Acts 13:45; 18:6, etc.)."[8]

Other Languages
Alemannisch: Blasphemie
العربية: ازدراء دين
български: Богохулство
català: Blasfèmia
čeština: Rouhání
Cymraeg: Cabledd
dansk: Blasfemi
Deutsch: Blasphemie
Ελληνικά: Βλασφημία
español: Blasfemia
Esperanto: Blasfemo
فارسی: کفرگویی
føroyskt: Blasfemi
français: Blasphème
𐌲𐌿𐍄𐌹𐍃𐌺: 𐍅𐌰𐌾𐌰𐌼𐌴𐍂𐌴𐌹
한국어: 신성모독
हिन्दी: ईशनिंदा
hrvatski: Bogohuljenje
Bahasa Indonesia: Penistaan agama
interlingua: Blasphemia
íslenska: Guðlast
italiano: Bestemmia
Latina: Blasphemia
Ligure: Giastemma
lumbaart: Bestemma
Nederlands: Godslastering
日本語: 冒涜
norsk: Blasfemi
norsk nynorsk: Blasfemi
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਈਸ਼ਨਿੰਦਾ
português: Blasfémia
română: Blasfemie
русский: Богохульство
shqip: Blasfemia
Simple English: Blasphemy
српски / srpski: Bogohuljenje
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Blasfemija
svenska: Hädelse
తెలుగు: దైవ దుషణ
Türkçe: Dine hakaret
українська: Богохульство
اردو: کلمۂ کفر
vèneto: Raxìa
中文: 褻瀆