For them, this is not demolition but reclamation, cleansing the sanctuary that has been profaned by liberals.
We were told that the holy-water font and the vestments of the priests had been profaned and befouled.
She glared at him with tragic eyes—he might have profaned an altar.
If they profaned holy days by this dancing, they were doomed to keep it up for a year.
Shall even the sanctuary be profaned by this polluting intruder?
Emotion in Maria was reaching its high-water mark; the need for concealing, lest it be profaned by other eyes, was over her.
The daughter of a priest who profaned herself was to be burnt to death.
Thou, then, art the servant of this dog who has profaned the imperial gardens?
I would not have profaned the sanctuary of their dwelling with my presence!
Not within a hundred miles of this house, where they came clinging to me all profaned from the mouth of that man.
late 14c., from Old French profaner, prophaner (13c.) and directly from Latin profanare "to desecrate, render unholy, violate," from profanus "unholy, not consecrated" (see profane (adj.)). Related: Profaned; profaning.
mid-15c., "un-ecclesiastical, secular," from Old French profane (12c.) and directly from Latin profanus "unholy, not consecrated," according to Barnhart from pro fano "not admitted into the temple (with the initiates)," literally "out in front of the temple," from pro- "before" (see pro-) + fano, ablative of fanum "temple" (see feast (n.)). Sense of "unholy, polluted" is recorded from c.1500. Related: Profanely.