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Definitions of profane

  1. 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"
  2. 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"
  3. violate the sacred character of a place or language; " desecrate a cemetary"; " violate the sanctity of the church"; " profane the name of God"
  4. not holy because unconsecrated or impure or defiled
  5. 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.
  6. Unclean; impure; polluted; unholy.
  7. Treating sacred things with contempt, disrespect, irreverence, or undue familiarity; irreverent; impious.
  8. Irreverent in language; taking the name of God in vain; given to swearing; blasphemous; as, a profane person, word, oath, or tongue.
  9. 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.
  10. To put to a wrong or unworthy use; to make a base employment of; to debase; to abuse; to defile.
  11. Not sacred or holy; hence, having to do with this world; as, profane history; showing disrespect or irreverence toward God or sacred things; unholy; blasphemous.
  12. To treat ( something sacred) with irreverence; put to an improper use.
  13. Profanely.
  14. Profaneness.
  15. Unholy: impious: impure: common: secular.
  16. PROFANRLY.
  17. To violate anything holy: to abuse anything sacred: to put to a wrong use: ( B.) to pollute: to debase.
  18. PROFANER.
  19. Profanation.
  20. Profaneness, profanity.
  21. To violate; degrade by using; dishonor.
  22. Unholy; impious; secular.
  23. To desecrate; pollute; degrade.
  24. Irreverent; blasphemous.
  25. Secular; uninspired.
  26. Irreverent, specially to anything sacred; not sacred; secular; polluted or not pure; not purified or holy; unholy; heathenish.
  27. To violate or abuse anything sacred; to pollute; to defile.
  28. Literally, outside, and therefore not consecrated; irreverent to anything sacred; tending to bring religious things into contempt; impious; godless; impure; unholy; secular; allowed for common use.
  29. To treat anything sacred with irreverence or contempt; to put to a wrong use; to pollute; to defile; to debase.

Usage examples for profane

  1. Wilfrid, however, was angered by the absurdity of the charge and the scene, and also by the profane touch on Emilia's name. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. But, if we consider liberty in the theological sense, it is so sublime a matter that profane eyes may not be raised so high. – A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10) From "The Works of Voltaire - A Contemporary Version" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire) Commentator: John Morley Tobias Smollett H.G. Leigh
  3. " I'm goin' away from here, Jack," said Loudon, after Richie had discussed in profane detail the 88's endeavour to discredit him. – Paradise Bend by William Patterson White
  4. The profane worldliness of the Humanitarians did not suit the earnest faith of Luther; it aroused that pride which had already taken root in his soul, and caused him afterwards to wound the sensitive Erasmus in a letter intended to be conciliatory. – Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. I. by Gustav Freytag
  5. A profane wish that I had never been born was finding its way into my mind, when the door of the room was opened softly, from the side of the passage. – The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins
  6. Encouraged by the objurgations of Bigpig and his assistant, who were steering now after the steamer, they called their late commander down from the house and deposed him in a concert of profane ridicule and abuse, to which he replied in kind. – "Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea by Morgan Robertson
  7. That hope was dispelled when the cry of 'Hands off Trinity' was applied to the profane hands of the Royal Commission. – Ireland In The New Century by Horace Plunkett
  8. But the harm they have done in Scotland is not doubtful, in that they have connected in the minds of the people so many coarse and even profane thoughts with objects which they had regarded till then with reverence. – Robert Burns by Principal Shairp
  9. Religions of Profane Antiquity. – The Eleusinian Mysteries and Rites by Dudley Wright
  10. The same motive caused him to be very fond of what the profane call " gossip." – The Roman Question by Edmond About
  11. As the sympathy towards the Eternal City is derived from profane history, so as it were in opposition, one's feelings toward the Holy City owe their origin to sacred history. – Cities of the Dawn by J. Ewing Ritchie
  12. He uses profane language. – After a Shadow, and Other Stories by T. S. Arthur
  13. He was one of the most profane men in the country, as well as one of the most honorable, and so very deaf as to be obliged to have some one constantly with him to do the hearing for him. – Twenty Years of Hus'ling by J. P. Johnston
  14. Two mighty columns rise in my support; In their more awful and authentic voice, Record profane and sacred, drown the muse, Tho' loud, and far out- thread her threatening song. – The Poetical Works of Edward Young, Volume 2 by Edward Young
  15. Always joyous and always successful, he was able to paint any subject, sacred, profane, ancient, or modern, so long as it was a happy one. – The Book of Art for Young People by Agnes Conway Sir Martin Conway
  16. The subject of Christianity soon came up, and was immediately handled in the most profane and bitter style by the king and those around him. – Amos Huntingdon by T.P. Wilson
  17. I implore you to speak of nothing so profane. – The Caged Lion by Charlotte M. Yonge
  18. When the religious part of the ceremony terminated, the church assumed, in some measure, the appearance of a profane temple. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
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