Definition of profanity
1a : the quality or state of being profaneb : the use of profane language
2a : profane languageb : an utterance of profane language
Examples of profanity in a Sentence
The comic uses too much profanity.
My mom will not tolerate profanity.
I have never heard my father utter a single profanity.
Recent Examples of profanity from the Web
The car, noted the younger Pacheco, was so terrible, so utterly breakage prone that, in disgust, the Fight Doctor, spitting profanities, dropped off the Shadow at the local Cadillac dealership and rolled away in a new Fleetwood.
A carpenter from central Mexico said people shouted profanities at him recently at a supermarket.
When leaving the bond hearing, held with Ashley via videoconference from the city jail, Ashley used profanity toward the court and judge.
A series of missteps, from allegations of stealing technology to a profanity-laced outburst that was caught on film by an Uber driver, led to Kalanick’s resignation.
His willingness to address such heady issues as Islamophobia, immigration, the wage gap, politics, and policy with a passionate, forceful delivery but without profanity would make the D.C. artist/producer an anomaly in mainstream hip-hop.
Charles Zachary Howard was arrested in March after he was accused of calling a congressman’s office in Washington, D.C., and leaving a voicemail filled with profanities and threats, according to federal court documents.
Franklin officials have not said whether the student was disciplined for using profanity.
The indictment says Wallace phoned the Miami Gardens mosque in February and left a message using profanity against Islam, the prophet Muhammad and the Quran.
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First Known Use of profanity
PROFANITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of profanity for English Language Learners
: offensive language
: an offensive word
PROFANITY Defined for Kids
Definition of profanity for Students
: language that is offensive or disrespectful
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