American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Marked by contempt or irreverence for what is sacred.
- adj. Nonreligious in subject matter, form, or use; secular: sacred and profane music.
- adj. Not admitted into a body of secret knowledge or ritual; uninitiated.
- adj. Vulgar; coarse.
- v. To treat with irreverence: profane the name of God.
- v. To put to an improper, unworthy, or degrading use; abuse.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not sacred, or not devoted to sacred purposes; not possessing any peculiar sanctity; unconsecrated; secular: as, a profane place; profane history (that is, history other than Biblical); profane authors.
- Irreverent toward God or holy things; speaking or spoken, acting or acted, in manifest or implied contempt of sacred things; blasphemous: as, profane language; profane swearing.
- Not initiated into certain religious rites; hence, of less dignity or standing; inferior; common.
- Synonyms Temporal, unhallowed, unholy.
- Impious, Atheistic, etc. (see irreligious); irreverent, sacrilegious.
- To treat as if not sacred or deserving reverence; violate, as anything sacred; treat with irreverence, impiety, or contempt; pollute; desecrate.
- To put to a wrong use; employ basely or unworthily.
- To make known; make common: said of something confined to an initiated few.
- To speak or behave blasphemously or profanely.
- adj. Unclean; ritually impure; unholy, desecrating a holy place or thing.
- adj. Not sacred or holy, unconsecrated; relating to non-religious matters, secular.
- adj. Treating sacred things with contempt, disrespect, irreverence, or undue familiarity; blasphemous, impious. Hence, specifically; Irreverent in language; taking the name of God in vain; given to swearing; blasphemous; as, a profane person, word, oath, or tongue.
- n. A person or thing that is profane.
- n. freemasonry A person not a Mason.
- v. transitive To violate, as anything sacred; to treat with abuse, irreverence, obloquy, or contempt; to desecrate; to pollute; as, to profane the name of God; to profane the Scriptures, or the ordinance of God.
- v. transitive To put to a wrong or unworthy use; to make a base employment of; to debase; to abuse; to defile.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not sacred or holy; not possessing peculiar sanctity; unconsecrated; hence, relating to matters other than sacred; secular; -- opposed to
sacred, religious, or inspired.
- adj. Unclean; impure; polluted; unholy.
- adj. Treating sacred things with contempt, disrespect, irreverence, or undue familiarity; irreverent; impious. Irreverent in language; taking the name of God in vain; given to swearing; blasphemous.
- v. To violate, as anything sacred; to treat with abuse, irreverence, obloquy, or contempt; to desecrate; to pollute
- v. To put to a wrong or unworthy use; to make a base employment of; to debase; to abuse; to defile.
- adj. not holy because unconsecrated or impure or defiled
- adj. grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred
- v. corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
- adj. characterized by profanity or cursing
- v. violate the sacred character of a place or language
- adj. not concerned with or devoted to religion
- From Middle French prophane, from Latin profānus ("not religious, unclean"), from pro- ("before") + fānum ("temple"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English prophane, from Old French, from Latin profānus, from prō fānō, in front of the temple : prō-, before, outside; see pro- + fānō, ablative of fānum, temple. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word profane comes from the Latin profanus which literally means from the temple.”
“So even that which we call profane, even that which we call diabolical is a different face of the same divine intelligence.”
“An online video showed actor Christian Bale in profane rant against a crew member who had walked into a shot on a film set.”
“Which words are exactly considered profane is still unclear, but the bill does have a list of qualifications for profanity including words or actions that are lewd, vulgar or indecent in nature.”
“I write sentences with out a fuck'in profane word in it all the time.”
“The spring season in New York is, happily and atypically, plump with demonstrations of such genre bending, with entrancingly wicked shows that extract the profane from the sacred and the rot from the pillars of society.”
“That 's what I call a profane remark, Ellery Davenport," she said.”
“And the word profane is usually taken in the Scripture for the same with common; and consequently their contraries, holy and proper, in the kingdom of God must be the same also.”
“Today we received a shipment of a new item with a name profane enough that I can't use it here on Epinions.”
“Eyewitness News asked Mayor Nagin specifically what he felt Stacey Head said that he characterized as profane and race baiting, but he did not answer the question, saying only that his comments "were based upon a few different things, the tape and eyewitness reports.”
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