profanation

noun
prof·​a·​na·​tion | \ ˌprä-fə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce profanation (audio) , ˌprō-\

Definition of profanation

: the act or an instance of profaning

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Examples of profanation in a Sentence

the First Book of the Maccabees tells of the profanation of the temple of Jerusalem by Antiochus IV Epiphanes in 167 B.C.

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His family has argued that the exhumation would amount to profanation of a burial site, and said the only alternative resting place for Franco should be inside the crypt of the Madrid cathedral, a suggestion that the government found unacceptable. Raphael Minder, New York Times, "Franco’s Exhumation Is Delayed by Spanish Court," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of profanation

1552, in the meaning defined above

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Dictionary Entries near profanation

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proface

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The first known use of profanation was in 1552

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