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[prof-uh-ney-shuh n] /ˌprɒf əˈneɪ ʃən/
the act of profaning; desecration; defilement; debasement.
Origin of profanation
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
sacrilege, blasphemy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Badger-baiting I unreservedly condemn—it is as much a profanation of sport as coursing bagged hares in enclosed grounds.

    The Badger Alfred E. Pease
  • But I will have no profanation, Arthur;—to your pen again, and write.

    Olla Podrida Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  • Michael wondered why he did not feel a greater resentment at the profanation of these rooms.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie
  • What would the old counts of your ancestry have said to such a profanation?

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
  • On this occasion nothing seems to have been said by the Tory leader in his opening speech about "profanation."

    Charles Bradlaugh: a Record of His Life and Work, Volume II (of 2) Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner and J. M. (John Mackinnon) Robertson
  • I felt as if I had been almost guilty of profanation in my thoughtless intrusion.

    The Caxtons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • She thinks it would be a profanation to put them upon a person so covered with mud and defilement.

    Spiritual Torrents Jeanne Marie Bouvires de la Mot Guyon
  • It is your duty, Mr. Gabriel, to put a stop to this profanation.'

    Ghetto Comedies Israel Zangwill
  • This is what Sunday might be made, and what it might be made without impiety or profanation.

    Sunday under Three Heads Charles Dickens
  • She ceased as though to attempt to describe it would be profanation.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
Word Origin and History for profanation

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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