verb (used with object), pro·faned, pro·fan·ing.
- prof. eng.,
Origin of profane
Examples from the Web for profanely
For us, this is Louis C.K. and his crabby, melancholic, and profanely funny half-hour comedy.Why Is Louis C.K. So Funny? He Uses Humor as a Moral Compass.|Andrew Romano|May 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Portlaw profanely requested information as to how the place was to be kept going.The Firing Line|Robert W. Chambers
Mrs. Rocket wasn't so young as she had been, and Billy was too young to take up with what he profanely called "old ladies."Ask Momma|R. S. Surtees
He could no more have said them than he could have profanely touched her.The Bishop of Cottontown|John Trotwood Moore
For this he was profanely admonished by the captain and ridiculed by the men."Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea|Morgan Robertson
If she did she would be thereby committing herself to what Miss Todd had profanely called the broad way.Miss Mackenzie|Anthony Trollope
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.