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profane

[ pruh-feyn, proh- ]
/ prəˈfeɪn, proʊ- /
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adjective
verb (used with object), pro·faned, pro·fan·ing.
to misuse (anything that should be held in reverence or respect); employ basely or unworthily; defile; debase.
to treat (anything sacred) with irreverence or contempt; violate the sanctity of: to profane a shrine.
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Origin of profane

1350–1400; (adj.) <Latin profānus literally, before (outside of) the temple; replacing Middle English prophane<Medieval Latin prophānus desecrated (see pro-1, fane); (v.) <Latin profānāre, derivative of profānus; replacing Middle English prophanen<Medieval Latin prophānāre to desecrate

OTHER WORDS FROM profane

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH profane

lewd, obscene, pornographic, profanatory, profane
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How to use profane in a sentence

  • The mercenary profaners of the temple he cast out; the blind and lame he healed.

  • Neither is it pretended that they are lewd or intemperate persons, or profaners of churches.

  • In such equipage did these profaners advance towards the Convention.

    The French Revolution|Thomas Carlyle
  • Some have been destroyed, but most still remain as an awful example to impious Sabbath profaners.

British Dictionary definitions for profane

profane
/ (prəˈfeɪn) /

adjective
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
verb (tr)
to treat or use (something sacred) with irreverence
to put to an unworthy or improper use

Derived forms of profane

Word Origin for profane

C15: from Latin profānus outside the temple, from pro- 1 + fānum temple
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