[ pruh-feyn, proh- ]
/ prəˈfeɪn, proʊ- /
characterized by irreverence or contempt for God or sacred principles or things; irreligious.
not devoted to holy or religious purposes; unconsecrated; secular (opposed to sacred).
unholy; heathen; pagan: profane rites.
not initiated into religious rites or mysteries, as persons.
common or vulgar.
verb (used with object), pro·faned, pro·fan·ing.
to misuse (anything that should be held in reverence or respect); defile; debase; employ basely or unworthily.
to treat (anything sacred) with irreverence or contempt; violate the sanctity of: to profane a shrine.
SYNONYMS FOR profane
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Origin of profane
OTHER WORDS FROM profane
pro·fane·ly, adverbpro·fane·ness, nounpro·fan·er, nounhalf-pro·fane, adjective
non·pro·fane, adjectivenon·pro·fane·ly, adverbnon·pro·fane·ness, nounsem·i·pro·fane, adjectivesem·i·pro·fane·ly, adverbsem·i·pro·fane·ness, nounun·pro·fane, adjectiveun·pro·fane·ly, adverbun·pro·fane·ness, nounun·pro·faned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for profane
/ (prəˈfeɪn) /
having or indicating contempt, irreverence, or disrespect for a divinity or something sacred
not designed or used for religious purposes; secular
not initiated into the inner mysteries or sacred rites
vulgar, coarse, or blasphemousprofane language
to treat or use (something sacred) with irreverence
to put to an unworthy or improper use
Derived forms of profane
profanation (ˌprɒfəˈneɪʃən), nounprofanatory (prəˈfænətərɪ, -trɪ), adjectiveprofanely, adverbprofaneness, noun
Word Origin for profane
C15: from Latin profānus outside the temple, from pro- 1 + fānum temple
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