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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Blasphematioun, n. Also: -acioun, -atione, blasphlemation. [L. blasphēmātio. Only in Sc. use.]

1. Evil-speaking, reviling, calumniation. 1456 Hay II. 88/27.
Of the quhilkis thare cumys blasphemacioun, the quhilk bringis dishonour
1533 Bell. Livy I. 207/11.
To the more schame and blasphemacioun of Romane lynnage thay rehersit mony vile & abhominabil wordis
1530 Lynd. Test. Pap. 881.
Thay … bostit hir with blasphematioun
c1550 Rolland C. Venus iv. 182.
It will … caus ladeis to get blasphematioun
1582 Elgin Rec. I. 167.
The wyll and vitious blasphematioun vsit be hir towartis the said Thomas

2. Blaspheming; blasphemy. 1531 Bell. Boece II. 195.
This abhominabil and unhappy blasphlemation
Thir detestabill aithis and blasphlematioun
1549 Compl. 155/28.
Ther blasphematione of the name of God corruptis the ayr
1551 Acts II. 485/1.
Oppin blasphematioun of Godis name and maiestie
1558 Q. Kennedy Tractive 150.
O intollerabyl blasphematioun, fury, and wodnes!
a1578 Pitsc. II. 133/10.
Banning or sueiring … and blasphematioun of the name of God

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