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Definition of 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

Hardly a name in profane history is more august than his. Hardly another character in the world's record has made so little of its opportunities. His discovery was a blunder; his blunder was a new world; the New World is his monument.
Justin Winsor

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

If you start in the pit of despair with these profane, awful things, even a glimmer of hope or awareness is going to occur that's much brighter coming from this dark, awful beginning.
Chuck Palahniuk

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

A society whose members are united by the fact that they think in the same way in regard to the sacred world and its relations with the profane world, and by the fact that they translate these common ideas into common practices, is what is called a Church. In all history, we do not find a single religion without a Church.
Emile Durkheim
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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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