Profanity vs Blasphemy - What's the difference?

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Profanity is a synonym of blasphemy.

As nouns the difference between profanity and blasphemy

is that profanity is (uncountable) the quality of being profane while blasphemy is irreverence toward something considered sacred or inviolable.

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Alternative forms

* prophanity (qualifier)


  • (uncountable) The quality of being profane.
  • (countable) Obscene, lewd or abusive language.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-14, author= Sam Leith
  • , volume=189, issue=1, page=37, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Where the profound meets the profane , passage=Swearing doesn't just mean what we now understand by "dirty words". It is entwined, in social and linguistic history, with the other sort of swearing: vows and oaths. Consider for a moment the origins of almost any word we have for bad language – "profanity ", "curses", "oaths" and "swearing" itself.}}



  • Irreverence toward something considered sacred or inviolable.
  • That imam said that drawing the prophet Muhammad is a form of blasphemy .
  • The act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for any religion's deity or deities.
  • The act of claiming the attributes of a deity.
  • Synonyms

    * (irreverent language) cursing]], cussing, execration, imprecation, profanity, [[swear, swearing * (unholy act) profanation, desecration, sacrilege, violation


    * reverence, veneration, worship, adoration

    Derived terms

    * blasphemous * blasphemously * blasphemousness