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profanation

[prof-uh-ney-shuh n] /ˌprɒf əˈneɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of profaning; desecration; defilement; debasement.
Origin of profanation
1545-1555
1545-55; < Late Latin profānātiōn- (stem of profānātiō) desecration, equivalent to Latin profānāt(us) (past participle of profānāre to profane) + -iōn- -ion; replacing prophanation < Middle French < Medieval Latin prophānātiō, for Late Latin profānātiō, as above
Synonyms
sacrilege, blasphemy.
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Examples from the Web for profanation
Historical Examples
  • This is what Sunday might be made, and what it might be made without impiety or profanation.

    Sunday under Three Heads Charles Dickens
  • Weighed in this scale, what a profanation is this man guilty of!

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Their spirit of profanation and impiety arrived at the extreme pitch.

  • The entertainment of the proposition of depravity is the last profligacy and profanation.

    Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Haggerstone and he were intimates were it not a profanation of the word, we should say friends.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
  • What would the old counts of your ancestry have said to such a profanation?

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
  • Any profanation of the day was severely punished by fine or whipping.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • Spoke to you—touched you—looked at you—blasphemy, profanation and sacrilege!

    Ambrotox and Limping Dick Oliver Fleming
  • I am no different from other Gods in that I seem to have endowed you with the instinct of profanation.

    Fantazius Mallare Ben Hecht
  • Even if I could do it, it would be profanation for me to play at being in love.

Word Origin and History for profanation
n.

1550s, from Old French prophanation (15c., Modern French profanation) or directly from Late Latin profanationem (nominative profanatio), noun of action from past participle stem of profanare (see profane (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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