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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).
Origin of profanity
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for profanity
  • It includes strong language that stops short of outright profanity.
  • Their high language is laced with profanity, and their nationalism is often combined with contempt for ordinary people.
  • Your complaint will not be processed if it contains profanity or vulgar language.
  • Defendants should speak clearly and loudly and refrain from using profanity or other abusive language.
  • In the last decade, the occasional profanity has crept onto network and basic-cable television.
  • Now his lack of experience is showing up big time and he has to resort to profanity to show he is in charge which he is not.
  • Harry's talents included a gift for telling stories eloquent with adjectival profanity.
  • Bodies are blasted apart, blood is splattered on the screen and profanity is as prevalent as the plentiful weapon caches.
  • All reviews will be put up on the site, as long as they avoid profanity.
  • If what you read or see here is so offensive that it drives you to profanity and malice, please head somewhere else.
British Dictionary definitions for profanity


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 profanity

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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