[pruh-fan-i-tee, proh-]
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Origin of profanity

From the Late Latin word profānitās, dating back to 1600–10. See profane, -ity
Related formsnon·pro·fan·i·ty, noun, plural non·pro·fan·i·ties.sem·i·pro·fan·i·ty, noun, plural sem·i·pro·fan·i·ties.

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1, 2. blasphemy, sacrilege. 2. swearing, malediction; curse. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -ties
  1. the state or quality of being profane
  2. vulgar or irreverent action, speech, etc
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Word Origin and History for profanity

c.1600, from Late Latin profanitas, from Latin profanus (see profane (adj.)). Extended sense of "foul language" is from Old Testament commandment against "profaning" the name of the Lord.

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