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Adjective: profane  pru'feyn or prow'feyn
  1. Not concerned with or devoted to religion
    "sacred and profane music"; "children being brought up in an entirely profane environment";
    - secular
  2. Characterized by profanity or cursing
    "profane words";
    - blasphemous, blue [informal]
  3. Not holy because unconsecrated, impure or defiled
    - unconsecrated, unsanctified
  4. Grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred
    "profane utterances against the Church";
    - blasphemous, sacrilegious
Verb: profane  pru'feyn or prow'feyn
  1. Corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
    - corrupt, pervert, subvert, demoralize, demoralise [Brit], debauch, debase, vitiate, deprave, misdirect
  2. Disregard the sacred character of a place or language
    "profane the name of God";
    - desecrate, outrage, violate, defile

Derived forms: profaning, profanes, profaned

See also: dirty, earthly, impious, irreverent, laic, lay, profanatory, secular, temporal, unhallowed, unholy, worldly

Type of: alter, assail, assault, attack, change, modify, set on

Antonym: sacred

Encyclopedia: Profane