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profanation

[prof-uh-ney-shuh n] /ˌprɒf əˈneɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of profaning; desecration; defilement; debasement.
Origin of profanation
1545-1555
1545-55; < Late Latin profānātiōn- (stem of profānātiō) desecration, equivalent to Latin profānāt(us) (past participle of profānāre to profane) + -iōn- -ion; replacing prophanation < Middle French < Medieval Latin prophānātiō, for Late Latin profānātiō, as above
Synonyms
sacrilege, blasphemy.
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Word Origin and History for profanation
n.

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.)).

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