• (British) IPA: /pɹəˈfeɪn/

profane (comparative profaner, superlative profanest)

  1. Unclean; ritually impure; unholy, desecrating a holy place or thing.
    • Nothing is profane that serveth to holy things.
  2. Not sacred or holy, unconsecrated; relating to non-religious matters, secular.
    profane authors
    • 1781, Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 2
      A sonnet in praise of Rome was accepted as the effusion of genius and gratitude; and after the whole procession had visited the Vatican, the profane wreath was suspended before the shrine.
  3. Treating sacred things with contempt, disrespect, irreverence, or scorn; blasphemous, impious.
  4. Irreverent in language; taking the name of God in vain
    a profane person, word, oath, or tongue
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, 1 Timotyh Timotyh-Chapter-1/#9 1:9 ↗:
      the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane
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  • Russian: богоху́льный
  • Spanish: blasfemo

profane (plural profanes)

  1. A person or thing that is profane.
    • 1796, Matthew Lewis, The Monk, Folio Society 1985, p. 244:
      The nuns were employed in religious duties established in honour of St Clare, and to which no profane was ever admitted.
  2. (freemasonry) A person not a Mason.

profane (profanes, present participle profaning; past and past participle profaned)

  1. (transitive) To violate (something sacred); to treat with abuse, irreverence, obloquy, or contempt; to desecrate
    One should not profane the name of God.
    to profane the Scriptures
  2. (transitive) To put to a wrong or unworthy use; to debase; to abuse; to defile.
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