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profane

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verb pro·fane \prō-ˈfān, prə-\

Simple Definition of profane

  • : to treat (a holy place or object) with great disrespect

Full Definition of profane

pro·fanedpro·fan·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to treat (something sacred) with abuse, irreverence, or contempt :  desecrate

  3. 2 :  to debase by a wrong, unworthy, or vulgar use

pro·fan·er noun

Examples of profane

  1. <the once-lovely landscape had been profaned by ugly factories>

  2. <profaned his considerable acting talents by appearing in some wretched movies>



Origin of profane

Middle English prophanen, from Anglo-French prophaner, from Latin profanare, from profanus


First Known Use: 14th century


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profane

adjective pro·fane

Simple Definition of profane

  • : having or showing disrespect for religious things

  • : relating to ordinary life : not religious or spiritual

Full Definition of profane

  1. 1 :  not concerned with religion or religious purposes :  secular

  2. 2 :  not holy because unconsecrated, impure, or defiled :  unsanctified

  3. 3 a :  serving to debase or defile what is holy :  irreverent b :  obscene, vulgar

  4. 4 a :  not being among the initiated b :  not possessing esoteric or expert knowledge

pro·fane·ly adverb
pro·fane·ness play \-ˈfān-nəs\ noun

Examples of profane

  1. <it was hard to juggle the requirements of church and our more profane duties>

  2. <offended by the profane language that her coworkers used so casually>



Origin of profane

Middle English prophane, from Middle French, from Latin profanus, from pro- before + fanum temple — more at pro-, feast


First Known Use: 15th century

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PROFANE Defined for Kids

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profane

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adjective pro·fane \prō-ˈfān\

Definition of profane

  1. :  showing disrespect for God or holy things




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profane

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verb pro·fane

Definition of profane

pro·fanedpro·fan·ing

  1. :  to treat (something sacred) with great disrespect





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