Definitions for profanityprəˈfæn ɪ ti, proʊ-

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word profanity

Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pro•fan•i•typrəˈfæn ɪ ti, proʊ-(n.)(pl.)-ties.

  1. the quality of being profane; irreverence.

  2. irreverent or blasphemous speech.

  3. a blasphemous act or utterance.

  4. Category: Common Vocabulary

    Ref: obscenity (def. 2 ).

Origin of profanity:

1600–10; < LL

Princeton's WordNet

  1. profanity(noun)

    vulgar or irreverent speech or action


  1. profanity(Noun)

    The quality of being profane.

    His profanity left the entire audience in shock.

  2. profanity(Noun)

    Obscene, lewd or abusive language.

    He ran up and down the street screaming profanities like a madman.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Profanity(noun)

    the quality or state of being profane; profaneness; irreverence; esp., the use of profane language; blasphemy

  2. Profanity(noun)

    that which is profane; profane language or acts


  1. Profanity

    Profanity is a subset of a language's lexicon that is considered by some to be strongly impolite or offensive. It can show a desecration or debasement of someone or something, or show strong or intense emotion. Profanity can take the form of words, expressions, gestures, or other social behaviours that are construed or interpreted as insulting, rude, vulgar, obscene, obnoxious, foul, desecrating, or other forms.

Translations for profanity


Find a translation for the profanity definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these profanity definitions with the community:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"profanity." STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 19 Dec. 2014. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for profanity?

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for profanity: