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


the act of profaning; desecration; defilement; debasement.

Nearby words

  1. proestrus,
  2. prof,
  3. prof.,
  4. prof. eng.,
  5. profamily,
  6. profanatory,
  7. profane,
  8. profanely,
  9. profanity,
  10. profascist

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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