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[pruh-fan-i-tee, proh-] /prəˈfæn ɪ ti, proʊ-/
noun, plural profanities for 2.
the quality of being profane; irreverence.
profane conduct or language; a profane act or utterance.
obscenity (defs 2, 3).
1600-10; < Late Latin profānitās. See profane, -ity
Related forms
nonprofanity, noun, plural nonprofanities.
semiprofanity, noun, plural semiprofanities.
1, 2. blasphemy, sacrilege. 2. swearing, malediction; curse. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for profanities


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being profane
vulgar or irreverent action, speech, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for profanities



c.1600, from Late Latin profanitas, from Latin profanus (see profane (adj.)). Extended sense of "foul language" is from Old Testament commandment against "profaning" the name of the Lord.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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