[ pruh-fan-i-tee, proh- ]
/ prəˈfæn ɪ ti, proʊ- /

noun, plural pro·fan·i·ties for 2.

the quality of being profane; irreverence.
profane conduct or language; a profane act or utterance.

Nearby words

  1. profamily,
  2. profanation,
  3. profanatory,
  4. profane,
  5. profanely,
  6. profascist,
  7. profeminist,
  8. profer,
  9. profert,
  10. profess

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for profanity


/ (prəˈfænɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the state or quality of being profane
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper