Usage examples for profanation

  1. He stood so lost in his own reflections, that he did not for some moments perceive the fond and tearful eye which was fixed upon him on that brow and lip, thought seemed always so beautiful, so divine, that to disturb its repose was like a profanation of something holy; and though Emily came towards him with a light and hurried step, she paused involuntarily to gaze upon that noble countenance which realised her earliest visions of the beauty and majesty of love. – Falkland, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  2. Pious Brandenburg Officiality at length put an end to that profanation, and restored the skull to its place,- marvellous enough, with what had once dwelt in it, whether it had sutures or not. – History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. III. (of XXI.) Frederick The Great--The Hohenzollerns In Brandenburg--1412-1718 by Thomas Carlyle
  3. Small talk seemed to them profanation, and of that which was uppermost in each man's mind, none cared first to speak. – A Breath of Prairie and other stories by Will Lillibridge
  4. Once she had caught the apprentice with her spectacles, her sacred spectacles, perched on his nose, and the profanation had left a kind of religious horror in her mind. – The Aspirations of Jean Servien by Anatole France
  5. In this city Whitelocke observed the inhabitants very orderly to frequent their parish churches, and not so much profanation of this day in this place as he had seen at Upsal, and other places in the country. – A Journal of the Swedish Embassy in the Years 1653 and 1654, Vol II. by Bulstrode Whitelocke
  6. When railways were constructed, a proposal was made by leading Hindus to have separate carriages for separate castes, but compliance with the proposal was of course out of the question; and now high Brahmans and low Chumars- who are never seen in the same temple even though they worship the same gods, as the presence of a Chumar there would be deemed a profanation- may be seen packed in the same carriage in as close contact as two human beings can be. – Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877 by James Kennedy
  7. The keeper, advancing cautiously, soon saw a faint light on the side of the Avenue Malenvers, and stealing in among the graves, he came upon a horrible act of profanation. – Original Short Stories, Volume 12 (of 13) by Guy de Maupassant Last Updated: February 13, 2009
  8. He slipped back into the water to examine further; a sense of profanation, not to be shaken off, subdued his spirit, and constrained him to diffident movement through the exceeding beauty of those jewelled aisles. – The Unknown Sea by Clemence Housman
  9. I am sure in her own mind she resented as a profanation her daughter's work about the church. – An Isle in the Water by Katharine Tynan
  10. This fraternal devotion proved a blessing in disguise; it preserved him from any profanation of his youth, and the companionship of the helpless creature whom he loved had proved an ever present stimulant to all that was best and sweetest in the man. – Moods by Louisa May Alcott
  11. It did seem like profanation. – His Sombre Rivals by E. P. Roe
  12. Inner profanation, which is wrought by the life, becomes outer also, or of the speech, after death. – Spiritual Life and the Word of God by Emanuel Swedenborg
  13. She then replaced herself with much solemnity; and Helen knelt too, while breathing a silent prayer to be forgiven for what she felt to be profanation. – The Vicar of Wrexhill by Mrs [Frances] Trollope
  14. To divulge the traditions relative to this altar would, it seems, be an high profanation. – A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.) by Jacob Bryant
  15. Inner profanation is wrought by the life, outer by the speech. – Spiritual Life and the Word of God by Emanuel Swedenborg
  16. To true piety as well as to profound love, the formula is a sort of profanation. – Life of St. Francis of Assisi by Paul Sabatier
  17. Jacqueline flung herself upon her father's corpse, as if to protect it from profanation. – Jacqueline, Complete by (Mme. Blanc) Th. Bentzon Last Updated: March 3, 2009
  18. It seemed like profanation to see her exquisite work tortured and murdered. – Good Luck by L. T. Meade
  19. It is a profanation to judge of the natural effect of intimacy with the innocent or the wise and virtuous from the effects of intimacy with the depraved and guileful. – The Friendships of Women by William Rounseville Alger
  20. To mention a negro woman in the same room where he was thinking of Rena seemed little short of profanation. – The House Behind the Cedars by Charles W. Chesnutt