profanity

[pruh-fan-i-tee, proh-]
noun, plural profanities for 2.
1.
the quality of being profane; irreverence.
2.
profane conduct or language; a profane act or utterance.
3.
obscenity ( defs 2, 3 ).

Origin:
1600–10; < Late Latin profānitās. See profane, -ity

nonprofanity, noun, plural nonprofanities.
semiprofanity, noun, plural semiprofanities.


1, 2. blasphemy, sacrilege. 2. swearing, malediction; curse.
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profanity (prəˈfænɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  the state or quality of being profane
2.  vulgar or irreverent action, speech, etc

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profanity
c.1600, from L.L. profanitas, from L. profanus (see profane). Extended sense of "foul language" is from Old Testament commandment against "profaning" the name of the Lord.
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Example sentences
Linguistic research would definitely have a chance of a wider audience when
  dealing with profanities.
One of the obese guys was screaming on his way out profanities at the kids
  working the ride who made him get off.
There have been allegations of a car chase and shouted profanities.
Be careful about using profanities in your home and on private phone
  conversations.
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