1545-55; < Late Latinprofānātiōn- (stem of profānātiō) desecration, equivalent to Latinprofānāt(us) (past participle of profānāre to profane) + -iōn--ion; replacing prophanation < Middle French < Medieval Latinprophānātiō, for Late Latinprofānātiō, as above
Altogether it was a scene of disorder and profanation, which it is impossible to describe.
Word Origin and History for profanation
1550s, from Old French prophanation (15c., Modern French profanation) or directly from Late Latin profanationem (nominative profanatio), noun of action from past participle stem of profanare (see profane (adj.)).