profanation

[prof-uh-ney-shuhn]
noun
the act of profaning; desecration; defilement; debasement.

Origin:
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


sacrilege, blasphemy.
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profane (prəˈfeɪn)
 
adj
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
 
vb
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 pro-1 + fānum temple]
 
profanation
 
n
 
profanatory
 
adj
 
pro'fanely
 
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pro'faneness
 
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pro'faner
 
n

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profanation

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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Altogether it was a scene of disorder and profanation, which it is impossible to describe.
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