verb (used with object), pro·faned, pro·fan·ing.
Origin of profane
Synonyms for profane
Antonyms for profane
Related Words for profanerdoubter, questioner, agnostic, pessimist, dissenter, cynic, infidel, misanthrope, unbeliever, atheist, heretic, apostate, nihilist, heathen, freethinker, pagan, rationalist, materialist, scoffer, nonbeliever
Examples from the Web for profaner
Historical Examples of profaner
Only that he was a hateful heretic, a profaner of sanctuaries.Dreamers of the Ghetto
Picton expressed his admiration in stronger and profaner language.Acadia
Frederic S. Cozzens
If Religion begins to fail, we must employ the profaner word.Rienzi
Edward Bulwer Lytton
Together they search for the profaner of the sacred spot at a market.The Complete Opera Book
It was these profaner images that inflamed Phædra and Pasiphae.
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.