profaneness

profane

[pruh-feyn, proh-]
adjective
1.
characterized by irreverence or contempt for God or sacred principles or things; irreligious.
2.
not devoted to holy or religious purposes; unconsecrated; secular (opposed to sacred ).
3.
unholy; heathen; pagan: profane rites.
4.
not initiated into religious rites or mysteries, as persons.
5.
common or vulgar.
verb (used with object), profaned, profaning.
6.
to misuse (anything that should be held in reverence or respect); defile; debase; employ basely or unworthily.
7.
to treat (anything sacred) with irreverence or contempt; violate the sanctity of: to profane a shrine.

Origin:
1350–1400; (adj.) < Latin profānus literally, before (outside of) the temple; replacing Middle English prophane < Medieval Latin prophānus desecrated (see pro-1, fane); (v.) < Latin profānāre, derivative of profānus; replacing Middle English prophanen < Medieval Latin prophānāre to desecrate

profanely, adverb
profaneness, noun
profaner, noun
half-profane, adjective
nonprofane, adjective
nonprofanely, adverb
nonprofaneness, noun
semiprofane, adjective
semiprofanely, adverb
semiprofaneness, noun
unprofane, adjective
unprofanely, adverb
unprofaneness, noun
unprofaned, adjective

lewd, obscene, pornographic, profanatory, profane.


1. blasphemous, sacrilegious, impious, ungodly. 2. temporal. 3. unhallowed. 5. low, mean, base. 7. desecrate.


1. sacred. 2. spiritual. 3. holy.
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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
 
adv
 
pro'faneness
 
n
 
pro'faner
 
n

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profane
late 14c., from L. profanare "to desecrate," from profanus "unholy, not consecrated," from pro fano "not admitted into the temple (with the initiates)," lit. "out in front of the temple," from pro- "before" + fano, abl. of fanum "temple." The adj. is attested from late 15c.; originally "un-ecclesiastical,
secular;" sense of "unholy, polluted" is recorded from c.1500.
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