Associations to the word «Profane»


PROFANE, adjective. Unclean; ritually impure; unholy, desecrating a holy place or thing.
PROFANE, adjective. Not sacred or holy, unconsecrated; relating to non-religious matters, secular.
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.
PROFANE, noun. A person or thing that is profane.
PROFANE, noun. (freemasonry) A person not a Mason.
PROFANE, verb. (transitive) 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.
PROFANE, verb. (transitive) To put to a wrong or unworthy use; to make a base employment of; to debase; to abuse; to defile.

Dictionary definition

PROFANE, 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".
PROFANE, verb. Violate the sacred character of a place or language; "desecrate a cemetery"; "violate the sanctity of the church"; "profane the name of God".
PROFANE, adjective. Characterized by profanity or cursing; "foul-mouthed and blasphemous"; "blue language"; "profane words".
PROFANE, adjective. Not concerned with or devoted to religion; "sacred and profane music"; "secular drama"; "secular architecture", "children being brought up in an entirely profane environment".
PROFANE, adjective. Not holy because unconsecrated or impure or defiled.
PROFANE, adjective. 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".

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