profane

[pruh-feyn, proh-]

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. prof.,
  2. prof. eng.,
  3. profamily,
  4. profanation,
  5. profanatory,
  6. profanely,
  7. profanity,
  8. profascist,
  9. profeminist,
  10. profer

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

Related forms
Can be confusedlewd obscene pornographic profanatory profane

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British Dictionary definitions for unprofane

profane

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

Word Origin for profane

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

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Word Origin and History for unprofane
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