American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or an instance of profaning; desecration.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of violating sacred things, or of treating them with contempt or irreverence; desecration: as, the profanation of the Lord's day; the profanation of a sanctuary.
- n. The act of treating with too little reserve or delicacy, or of making common.
- n. Synonyms Profanation, Desecration, Sacrileye, pollution. The first three words express offenses, amounting almost or quite to outrages, against the religious sentiment, in connection with places, days, etc., taking off their sacred character. They are in the order of strength. Profanation is perhaps most distinctly a matter of irreverence. Sacrilege seems most directly an invasion of the rights of God.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of violating sacred things, or of treating them with contempt or irreverence; irreverent or too familiar treatment or use of what is sacred; desecration.
- n. The act of treating with abuse or disrespect, or with undue publicity, or lack of delicacy.
- n. blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character
- n. degradation of something worthy of respect; cheapening.
- From Middle French prophanation, profanation, and its source, Late Latin profanatio, from the participle stem of Latin profānāre. (Wiktionary)
“Atherton, “may differ essentially, and what you term profanation may to me seem perfectly harmless; but, be that as it will, my sojourn here has been so brief, that I do not feel accountable for a slight breach of local regulations, of which I was entirely ignorant.””
“Great care is alwavs taken that the bones may be burned, as it would be con - sidered a profanation were the dogs permitted to touch them.”
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“Confucius of the revolution, was a kind of profanation of the holy fire, well calculated to revive the languid rage, and extinguish the small remains of humanity yet left among the people.”
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“What passionate avowals of her affection she made, so sweet, so thrilling, that it would be a kind of profanation to write them.”
“That quiet and easily satisfied people, whose existence you might forget except when they testify their happiness by their shouts; noisy without a thought of sedition; whose only care is to shun poverty without amassing wealth; lowly in fortune but rich in temper -- it is a kind of profanation to rob such people as these.”
“The corruption of a notorious courtier would have made no impression: the King had already been overwhelmed with such accusations, and they had lost their effect: but to have seduced the virtuous Mirabeau, the very Confucius of the revolution, was a kind of profanation of the holy fire, well calculated to revive the languid rage, and extinguish the small remains of humanity yet left among the people.”
“This is the worst kind of profanation because holy things are mixed by them with profane to the point where they cannot be separated.”
“Those who have confirmed themselves by this kind of profanation against the Divine and against the Word and thus against the spiritual things of the Word, sit in outer darkness dumb, unable to speak, wanting to babble pious and holy things as they did in the world, but unable to do so.”
“_ The Lord does this lest man fall into that most serious kind of profanation of which we have treated in this chapter.”
“ The seventh kind of profanation is committed by those who first acknowledge and live by divine truths and then recede from them and deny them.”
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