What does profanity mean?

Definitions for profanityprəˈfæn ɪ ti, proʊ-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word profanity.

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

  3. Origin: [L. profanitas.]


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of profanity in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of profanity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mark Twain:

    Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.

  2. Cheryl McDonald:

    They were yelling. I think the only words they know in the dictionary are profanity.

  3. Jeb Bush:

    Unless I'm caught with a camera I didn't see, I'm not going to use profanity in public.

  4. Jeb Bush:

    I thought about it after I said it, i don't know, there is a judge somewhere that's gonna tell me whether or not that's profanity?

  5. Mark Twain:

    In certain trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer.

Images & Illustrations of profanity

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Translations for profanity

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • شتمArabic
  • Fluch, ProfanitätGerman
  • αθυροστομίαGreek
  • profano, lenguaje soez, blasfemiaSpanish
  • kirosanaFinnish
  • gros mot, impiété, insanitéFrench
  • makian, bahasa kotor, bahasa kasar, umpatan, kata-kata kotorIndonesian
  • 雑言, 冒涜, 卑語Japanese
  • pisuhanJavanese
  • wulgaryzm, przekleństwoPolish
  • înjurăturăRomanian
  • матерщина, мат, сквернословие, богохульство, ругань, брань, профанацияRussian

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