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profane

verb pro·fane \ prō-ˈfān , prə- \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of profane

profaned; profaning
transitive verb
1 : to treat (something sacred) with abuse, irreverence, or contempt : desecrate
2 : to debase by a wrong, unworthy, or vulgar use

profaner

noun

Examples of profane in a Sentence

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

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

Recent Examples of profane from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of profane

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


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profane

adjective

Definition of profane

1 : not concerned with religion or religious purposes : secular
2 : not holy because unconsecrated, impure, or defiled : unsanctified
3 a : serving to debase or defile what is holy : irreverent
4 a : not being among the initiated
b : not possessing esoteric or expert knowledge

profanely

adverb

profaneness

play \prō-ˈfān-nəs, prə-\ noun

Examples of profane in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of profane from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of profane

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

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PROFANE Defined for English Language Learners

profane

verb

Definition of profane for English Language Learners

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


profane

adjective

Definition of profane for English Language Learners

  • : having or showing disrespect for religious things

  • : relating to ordinary life : not religious or spiritual


PROFANE Defined for Kids

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profane

adjective pro·fane \ prō-ˈfān \

Definition of profane for Students

: showing disrespect for God or holy things

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profane

verb

Definition of profane for Students

profaned; profaning
: to treat (something sacred) with great disrespect


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