• synonyms


[pruh-fan-i-tee, proh-]
See more synonyms for profanity on Thesaurus.com
noun, plural pro·fan·i·ties for 2.
  1. the quality of being profane; irreverence.
  2. profane conduct or language; a profane act or utterance.
  3. obscenity(defs 2, 3).
Show More

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.


See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
1, 2. blasphemy, sacrilege. 2. swearing, malediction; curse.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words


Examples from the Web for profanity

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

British Dictionary definitions for profanity


noun plural -ties
  1. the state or quality of being profane
  2. vulgar or irreverent action, speech, etc
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper