profanation

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

noun

the act of profaning; desecration; defilement; debasement.

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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
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