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profanation

[ prof-uh-ney-shuhn ]
/ ˌprɒf əˈneɪ ʃən /
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noun

the act of profaning; desecration; defilement; debasement.

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Origin of profanation

First recorded in 1545–55; from Late Latin profānātiōn- (stem of profānātiō “desecration”), equivalent to Latin profānāt(us) (past participle of profānāre “to desecrate”) + -iōn- noun suffix; replacing prophanation, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin prophānātiō, for Late Latin profānātiō, as above; see profane, -ion
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