verb (used with object), pro·faned, pro·fan·ing.
Origin of profane
Synonyms for profane
Antonyms for profane
Examples from the Web for profane
Contemporary Examples of profane
His novel The Last Magazine, published posthumously this month, is just like him: blistering, fun, insightful, and profane.Michael Hastings' Hunger for Life
June 14, 2014
Charming, profane, alcoholic television anchorman becomes local hero and changes the news business.Detroit’s Real-Life Ron Burgundy
December 31, 2013
From the divine to the profane, what we mean when we say that potent word.What is a Genius?
November 9, 2013
But we were, of course, mostly giggling at the nom de sext “Carlos Danger” and his profane sexual demands.The Absurd Media Response to Steve Cohen’s Non-Scandal
July 25, 2013
It was, as Woodward remembers, pure Bradlee—brief, profane, and entirely correct.7 Scoops From New Bio of Ben Bradlee, “Yours in Truth”
May 7, 2012
Historical Examples of profane
It is not profane if I now say, 'with a great price obtained I this freedom.'The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
But he did not profane that scene by the mockery of his art.The Prophetic Pictures (From "Twice Told Tales")
How strikingly different is the course of profane and sacred history!Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
I worshipped the divinity, even while I attempted to profane the altar.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
He would not have it supposed that only the profane or grossly wicked were in danger from the law. 'Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
Word Origin for profane
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.