Blasphemy; noun; irreverent behavior toward anything held sacred, priceless, etc.

From “Young Goodman Brown” “On he flew, among the black┬ápines, brandishing his staff with frenzied gestures, now giving vent┬áto an inspiration of horrid blasphemy, and now shouting forth such laughter, as set all the echoes of the forest laughing like┬ádemons around him.” (p 53)

I now understand that Goodman Brown was cursing something sacred at the moment. Before, he was challenging all the demons and wizards to come forth, and was then cursing at something, maybe god himself.

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