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Definition of Profane

Profane

  1. 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. Unclean; impure; polluted; unholy.
  3. Treating sacred things with contempt, disrespect, irreverence, or undue familiarity; irreverent; impious.
  4. Irreverent in language; taking the name of God in vain; given to swearing; blasphemous; as, a profane person, word, oath, or tongue.
  5. 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. To put to a wrong or unworthy use; to make a base employment of; to debase; to abuse; to defile.

Profane Quotations

There are more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible that in any profane history.
Isaac Newton

The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.
George Washington

Half of the secular unrest and dismal, profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain ideas that every man is bound to be a critic for life.
Henry Van Dyke

The secret thoughts of a man run over all things, holy, profane, clean, obscene, grave, and light, without shame or blame.
Thomas Hobbes

I've tried to reduce profanity but I reduced so much profanity when writing the book that I'm afraid not much could come out. Perhaps we will have to consider it simply as a profane book and hope that the next book will be less profane or perhaps more sacred.
Ernest Hemingway
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Profane Translations

profane in Dutch is ontwijden, ontheiligen, profaneren
profane in German is entweihe, entweihen
profane in Latin is profano
profane in Spanish is profano
profane in Swedish is vanhelga, profan
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