from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- transitive v. To treat with irreverence: profane the name of God.
- transitive v. To put to an improper, unworthy, or degrading use; abuse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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. A person not a Mason.
- v. 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. To put to a wrong or unworthy use; to make a base employment of; to debase; to abuse; to defile.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
- transitive v. To violate, as anything sacred; to treat with abuse, irreverence, obloquy, or contempt; to desecrate; to pollute
- transitive v. To put to a wrong or unworthy use; to make a base employment of; to debase; to abuse; to defile.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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)
From Middle French prophane, from Latin profānus ("not religious, unclean"), from pro- ("before") + fānum ("temple"). (Wiktionary)