Profane definition

prō-fān, prə-
Showing disrespect or contempt for sacred things; irreverent.
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Marked by contempt or irreverence for what is sacred.
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To put to an improper, unworthy, or degrading use; abuse.
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To treat with irreverence.

Profane the name of God.

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To treat (sacred things) with irreverence or contempt; desecrate.
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Vulgar; coarse.
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The definition of profane is something that is obscene or contrary to religious teachings.

An example of profane is pornography.

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Not connected with religion or religious matters; secular.

Profane art.

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Not initiated into the inner mysteries or esoteric knowledge of something.
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Not hallowed or consecrated.
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Nonreligious in subject matter, form, or use; secular.

Sacred and profane music.

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Not admitted into a body of secret knowledge or ritual; uninitiated.
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Unclean; ritually impure; unholy, desecrating a holy place or thing.
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Not sacred or holy, unconsecrated; relating to non-religious matters, secular.
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Treating sacred things with contempt, disrespect, irreverence, or undue familiarity; blasphemous, impious. Hence, specifically; Irreverent in language; taking the name of God in vain; given to swearing; blasphemous; as, a profane person, word, oath, or tongue.

A profane person, word, oath, or tongue.

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To violate, as anything sacred; to treat with abuse, irreverence, obloquy, or contempt; to desecrate; to pollute; as, to profane the name of God; to profane the Scriptures, or the ordinance of God.
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To put to a wrong or unworthy use; to make a base employment of; to debase; to abuse; to defile.
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To put to a base or improper use; debase; defile.
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To profane is to treat someone or something disrespectfully, especially someone or something sacred.

An example of profane is when you insult the Pope.

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A person or thing that is profane.
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(freemasonry) A person not a Mason.
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
profane
Comparative:
profaner
Superlative:
profanest

Origin of profane

  • Middle English prophane from Old French from Latin profānus from prō fānō in front of the temple prō- before, outside pro–1 fānō ablative of fānum temple dhēs- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French prophane, from Latin profānus (“not religious, unclean"), from pro- (“before") + fānum (“temple").

    From Wiktionary