What does profane mean?

Definitions for profane
prəˈfeɪn, proʊ-pro·fane

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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.

    Etymology: From prophane, from profanus, from pro- + fanum.

  2. profane(Noun)

    A person not a Mason.

    Etymology: From prophane, from profanus, from pro- + fanum.

  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.

    Etymology: From prophane, from profanus, from pro- + fanum.

  4. profane(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From prophane, from profanus, from pro- + fanum.

  5. profane(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: From prophane, from profanus, from pro- + fanum.

  6. profane(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: From prophane, from profanus, from pro- + fanum.

  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.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [L. profanare: cf. F. profaner. See Profane, a.]

  2. Profane(adj)

    unclean; impure; polluted; unholy

    Etymology: [L. profanare: cf. F. profaner. See Profane, a.]

  3. Profane(adj)

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

    Etymology: [L. profanare: cf. F. profaner. See Profane, a.]

  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

    Etymology: [L. profanare: cf. F. profaner. See Profane, a.]

  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

    Etymology: [L. profanare: cf. F. profaner. See Profane, a.]

  6. Profane(adj)

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

    Etymology: [L. profanare: cf. F. profaner. See Profane, a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Profane

    prō-fān′, adj. not sacred: common: secular: speaking or acting in contempt of sacred things: uninitiated: impious: impure.—v.t. to violate anything holy: to abuse anything sacred: to put to a wrong use: to pollute: to debase.—n. Profanā′tion, desecration: irreverence to what is holy: a treating of anything with disrespect.—adj. Profan′atory.—adv. Profane′ly.—ns. Profane′ness; Profān′er; Profan′ity, irreverence: that which is profane: profane language or conduct. [Fr.,—L. profanuspro, before, fanum, a temple.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of profane in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of profane in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of profane in a Sentence

  1. Robert Burns:

    The great Creator to revereMust sure become the creatureBut still the preaching cant forbear,And ev'n the rigid featureYet ne'er with wits profane to rangeBe complaisance extendedAn atheist laugh's a poor exchangeFor deity offended.

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    No facts are to me sacred none are profane I simply experiment, an endless seeker with no Past at my back.

  3. Bill Clinton:

    She and other people who have gone online to defend Hillary and explain -- just explain -- why they supported her have been subject to vicious trolling and attacks that are literally too profane often, not to mention sexist, to repeat.

  4. Donald Trump:

    Even military cemeteries or public transportation advertising authorities could lose control over whether that graphic or profane content would be displayed on their property.

  5. Bill Clinton:

    She and other people who have gone online to defend Hillary and explain -- just explain -- why they supported her have been subject to vicious trolling and attacks that are literally too profane often -- not to mention sexist -- to repeat.

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Translations for profane

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  • profanarSpanish
  • بی حرمتی کردنPersian
  • rienaava, profaani, häpäistä, maallinenFinnish
  • sacrilège, profane, profaner, sale, impurFrench
  • अपवित्रHindi
  • profanato, empio, profano, secolare, dissacrato, sacrilego, blasfemo, sconsacratoItalian
  • профан, световенMacedonian
  • profanoPortuguese
  • богохульныйRussian

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