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profanity

[pruh-fan-i-tee, proh-] /prəˈfæn ɪ ti, proʊ-/
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
1600-1610
1600-10; < Late Latin profānitās. See profane, -ity
Related forms
nonprofanity, noun, plural nonprofanities.
semiprofanity, noun, plural semiprofanities.
Synonyms
1, 2. blasphemy, sacrilege. 2. swearing, malediction; curse.
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British Dictionary definitions for nonprofanity

profanity

/prəˈfænɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the state or quality of being profane
2.
vulgar or irreverent action, speech, etc
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Word Origin and History for nonprofanity

profanity

n.

c.1600, from Late Latin profanitas, from Latin profanus (see profane (adj.)). Extended sense of "foul language" is from Old Testament commandment against "profaning" the name of the Lord.

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