|1.||having or indicating contempt, irreverence, or disrespect for a divinity or something sacred|
|2.||not designed or used for religious purposes; secular|
|3.||not initiated into the inner mysteries or sacred rites|
|4.||vulgar, coarse, or blasphemous: profane language|
|5.||to treat or use (something sacred) with irreverence|
|6.||to put to an unworthy or improper use|
|[C15: from Latin profānus outside the temple, from |
originally, the theft of something sacred; as early as the 1st century BC, however, the Latin term for sacrilege came to mean any injury, violation, or profanation of sacred things. Legal punishment for such acts was already sanctioned, in the Levitical code of ancient Israel. The Israelites had extensive rules to safeguard what was holy or consecrated, violation of which (especially of temple laws) often led to mob violence.
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