If Religion begins to fail, we must employ the profaner word.
It never stepped into the glare, the contention of profaner air.
Picton expressed his admiration in stronger and profaner language.
The Confraternity was not itself the author or performer of the profaner kind of dramatic performance.
Only that he was a hateful heretic, a profaner of sanctuaries.
They repeat the compliments they hear, and burn incense in the virgins bower at hours when the profaner sex may not enter.
It was these profaner images that inflamed Phædra and Pasiphae.
Her sainthood was so accomplished, her union with heaven so complete, that she could afford herself these profaner sympathies.
Together they search for the profaner of the sacred spot at a market.
At that moment he appeared to himself in the light of a profaner, although he was obeying generous and humane instincts.
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.