Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a profane manner, irreverently, with marked disrespect for the sacred.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a profane manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a profane manner; with irreverence to sacred things or names; impiously; with abuse or contempt for anything venerable: as, to speak profanely of God or sacred things.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. with curses
  • adv. in an irreverent or profane manner

Etymologies

profane +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • You must remember, not to use the word profanely, that we are dealing really with a peculiar people.

    The World's Best Orations, Vol. 1 (of 10)

  • And now he had been paid back in his own coin, and lay grovelling in the mud, and calling profanely on the Lord, whose mercy such men always cry for in their trouble, if they never ask it for their sins.

    Frances Kane's Fortune

  • And now he had been paid back in his own coin, and lay grovelling in the mud, and calling profanely on the Lord, Whose mercy such men always cry for in their trouble, if they never ask it for their sins.

    Melchior's Dream and Other Tales

  • It would madden any _man_ to hear his mother's name profanely used; it made John

    Captain Mugford Our Salt and Fresh Water Tutors

  • Jews, that were exorcists, who made use of Christ's name profanely and wickedly in their diabolical enchantments, but were made to pay dearly for their presumption.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • When he filled a pan with dirt, he ran down the hill to wash it; nor could he forbear running up the hill again, panting and stumbling profanely, to refill the pan.

    All Gold Cañon

  • In the segment, Mr. Cai tells CCTV that a slew of harassing phone calls and text messages led him to discover postings about him on Tieba, an online forum operated by Baidu, where people opposed to his views on public holidays were ridiculing him, sometimes profanely.

    China TV Steps Up Attack on Baidu

  • Ryan ended up on the NFL's naughty list last month, getting fined $75,000 for profanely telling a fan--who said Bill Belichick was a better coach--to shut up.

    'O Little Town of East Rutherford'

  • Ryan profanely told the fan to shut up, and the run-in was posted on YouTube.

    The Cost of Yelling at a Fan: $75,000

  • I won't deny that I have moments when I loathe this natural but profanely lengthy threshold; however, my practice and suggestion for you is to reframe "in the throes of perimenopause" with something more uplifting, such as "on the threshold of my renewed and empowered life."

    Maddisen K. Krown: Perimenopause and the Fog of Forgetting

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