Definitions for profaneprəˈfeɪn, proʊ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pro•faneprəˈfeɪn, proʊ-(adj.; v.)-faned, -fan•ing.

  1. (adj.)showing irreverence toward God or sacred things; irreligious; blasphemous.

  2. not devoted to holy purposes; secular

    Ref: (opposed to sacred ).

  3. unholy; heathen; pagan:

    profane rites.

  4. not initiated into religious rites or mysteries.

  5. coarse or vulgar.

  6. (v.t.)to misuse (anything sacred or holy); defile; debase.

Origin of profane:

1350–1400; (adj.) ME < L profānus secular, sacrilegious

pro•fane′ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. blasphemous, blue, profane(adj)

    characterized by profanity or cursing

    "foul-mouthed and blasphemous"; "blue language"; "profane words"

  2. profane, secular(adj)

    not concerned with or devoted to religion

    "sacred and profane music"; "secular drama"; "secular architecture", "children being brought up in an entirely profane environment"

  3. profane, unconsecrated, unsanctified(adj)

    not holy because unconsecrated or impure or defiled

  4. blasphemous, profane, sacrilegious(verb)

    grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred

    "blasphemous rites of a witches' Sabbath"; "profane utterances against the Church"; "it is sacrilegious to enter with shoes on"

  5. corrupt, pervert, subvert, demoralize, demoralise, debauch, debase, profane, vitiate, deprave, misdirect(verb)

    corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

    "debauch the young people with wine and women"; "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men"; "Do school counselors subvert young children?"; "corrupt the morals"

  6. desecrate, profane, outrage, violate(verb)

    violate the sacred character of a place or language

    "desecrate a cemetery"; "violate the sanctity of the church"; "profane the name of God"

Wiktionary

  1. profane(Noun)

    A person or thing that is profane.

  2. profane(Noun)

    A person not a Mason.

  3. profane(Verb)

    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.

  4. profane(Verb)

    To put to a wrong or unworthy use; to make a base employment of; to debase; to abuse; to defile.

  5. profane(Adjective)

    Unclean; ritually impure; unholy, desecrating a holy place or thing.

  6. profane(Adjective)

    Not sacred or holy, unconsecrated; relating to non-religious matters, secular.

  7. profane(Adjective)

    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.

  8. Origin: From prophane, from profanus, from pro- + fanum.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Profane(adj)

    not sacred or holy; not possessing peculiar sanctity; unconsecrated; hence, relating to matters other than sacred; secular; -- opposed to sacred, religious, or inspired; as, a profane place

  2. Profane(adj)

    unclean; impure; polluted; unholy

  3. Profane(adj)

    treating sacred things with contempt, disrespect, irreverence, or undue familiarity; irreverent; impious

  4. Profane(adj)

    irreverent in language; taking the name of God in vain; given to swearing; blasphemous; as, a profane person, word, oath, or tongue

  5. Profane(adj)

    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

  6. Profane(adj)

    to put to a wrong or unworthy use; to make a base employment of; to debase; to abuse; to defile


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

lay(adjective)

not an expert or a professional (in a particular subject)

Doctors tend to use words that lay people don't understand.

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