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.
Recent Examples on the Web The first assault is on the Nile itself, which is turned to blood, thereby ruining both agriculture and aquaculture in one swoop, a profanation with religious consequences. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 28 Nov. 2019 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, 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of profanation

1552, in the meaning defined above

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“Profanation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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