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profane

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

2 not showing proper reverence for the holy or sacred
  • offended by the profane language that her coworkers used so casually

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3 depicting or referring to sexual matters in a way that is unacceptable in polite society
  • his idea of dinner table conversation is the telling of profane stories about his alleged sexual exploits

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profane

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of profane (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to lower in character, dignity, or quality
  • the once-lovely landscape had been profaned by ugly factories

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2 to put to a bad or improper use
  • profaned his considerable acting talents by appearing in some wretched movies

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3 to treat (a sacred place or object) shamefully or with great disrespect
  • invading troops profaned the altar by playing poker on it

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The first known use of profane was in the 14th century

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“Profane.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/profane. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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