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
His often profanity-laced speeches are shown live on the government television station and are usually later edited by the presidential palace to mute the foul language.
One man identified himself as a friend of Christian's and was instantly met with profanity from some supporters of the victims.
Duterte is known for his informal, no-nonsense style and his speeches are often loaded with profanity, threats and jokes about taboo subjects, which offend some, but are taken lightly by many Filipinos.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker demanded the violence at the house cease, while residents shouted profanities at Baker as Kansas City police officers stood guard nearby, Glenn Rice reports.
The latest contest ended with a little controversy, as Newport Harbor was on the verge of forcing a decisive fifth set, until one of the referees called a red card on Ethan Talley for using profanity after his kill.
Those bits, and the energetic profanity in the script (written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift), represent cosmetic alterations intended to secure an R rating, at the moment a mark of credibility in the world of big-screen comedy.
The Supreme Court’s 2011-2012 term begins Oct. 3 with arguments on the docket concerning everything from television profanity to warrantless GPS surveillance.
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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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