1. (uncountable) The quality of being profane; quality of irreverence, of treating sacred things with contempt.
    • 1910, John William Cousin, "Bunyan, John" in A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature.
      The overwhelming power of his imagination led him to contemplate acts of impiety and profanity, and to a vivid realisation of the dangers these involved.
  2. (countable) Obscene, lewd or abusive language.
    He ran up and down the street screaming profanities like a madman.
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