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ˌprɒf əˈneɪ ʃənpro·fa·na·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. profanation, desecration, blasphemy, sacrilegenoun

    blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character

    "desecration of the Holy Sabbath"

  2. profanationnoun

    degradation of something worthy of respect; cheapening


  1. profanationnoun

    The act of profaning; desecration, blasphemous behaviour, defilement.

  2. Etymology: From prophanation, profanation, and its source, profanatio, from the participle stem of profanare.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Profanationnoun

    Etymology: profanation, Fr. from profano, Lat.

    He knew how bold men are to take even from God himself; how hardly that house would be kept from impious profanation he knew. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 12.

    What I am and what I would, are to your ears, divinity; to any others, profanation. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

    ’Twere profanation of our joys,
    To tell the laity our love. John Donne.

    All profanation and invasion of things sacred, is an offence against the eternal law of nature. South.

    Others think I ought not to have translated Geoffrey Chaucer : they suppose a veneration due to his old language, and that it is little less than profanation and sacrilege to alter it. Dryden.

    Great men may jest with saints, ’tis wit in them;
    But, in the less, foul profanation. William Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Profanationverb

    the act of violating sacred things, or of treating them with contempt or irreverence; irreverent or too familiar treatment or use of what is sacred; desecration; as, the profanation of the Sabbath; the profanation of a sanctuary; the profanation of the name of God

  2. Profanationverb

    the act of treating with abuse or disrespect, or with undue publicity, or lack of delicacy

  3. Etymology: [L. profanatio: cf. F. profanation. See Profane, v. t.]


  1. Profanation

    Profanation (Preparation for a Coming Darkness) is the last album by Praxis, released in Japan on January 1, 2008. The album features guest appearances by Iggy Pop, Mike Patton, Serj Tankian and Killah Priest among others. The album had a US release via M.O.D. Technologies in 2011. For more than a year the album was only available for purchase by ordering it from Japan. Japanese website "Neowing" released samples of each song. Since February 2009 it can be purchased as a download. A US version was released in January 25, 2011, through Bill Laswell's new label, M.O.D. Technologies. The re-release features two new live tracks "Wedge" and "Subgrid". Not long after this re-release, Laswell commented on the likely end of the band and that he considered the band as a "closed chapter" M.O.D. Technologies has also slated a vinyl version for April 2013.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of profanation in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of profanation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of profanation in a Sentence

  1. Marquis de Sade:

    There is a kind of pleasure which comes from sacrilege or the profanation of the objects offered us for worship.

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