The definition of profane is something that is obscene or contrary to religious teachings.(adjective)
An example of profane is pornography.
To profane is to treat someone or something disrespectfully, especially someone or something sacred.(verb)
An example of profane is when you insult the Pope.
See profane in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: LME prophane < MFr < L profanus < pro-, before + fanum, temple; lit., outside of the temple, hence not sacred, common: see pro- & fane
See profane in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English prophane
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Latin profānus
Origin: , from prō fānō, in front of the temple
Origin: : prō-, before, outside; see pro-1
Origin: + fānō
Origin: , ablative of fānum, temple; see dhēs- in Indo-European roots.
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