pro·fane /proˈfen, prə-/
Pro·fane, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Profaned p. pr. & vb. n. Profaning.]
1. 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.
The priests in the temple profane the sabbath. --Matt. xii. 5.
2. To put to a wrong or unworthy use; to make a base employment of; to debase; to abuse; to defile.
So idly to profane the precious time. --Shak.
1. 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. “Profane authors.”
The profane wreath was suspended before the shrine. --Gibbon.
2. Unclean; impure; polluted; unholy.
Nothing is profane that serveth to holy things. --Sir W. Raleigh.
3. Treating sacred things with contempt, disrespect, irreverence, or undue familiarity; irreverent; impious. Hence, specifically; Irreverent in language; taking the name of God in vain; given to swearing; blasphemous; as, a profane person, word, oath, or tongue. --1 Tim. i. 9.
Syn: -- Secular; temporal; worldly; unsanctified; unhallowed; unholy; irreligious; irreverent; ungodly; wicked; godless; impious. See Impious.
adj 1: characterized by profanity or cursing; "foul-mouthed and
blasphemous"; "blue language"; "profane words" [syn: blasphemous,
2: not sacred or concerned with religion; "sacred and profane
music"; "children being brought up in an entirely profane
environment" [ant: sacred]
3: not holy because unconsecrated or impure or defiled [syn: unconsecrated,
4: 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" [syn: blasphemous, sacrilegious]
v 1: 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" [syn: corrupt,
pervert, subvert, demoralize, demoralise, debauch,
debase, vitiate, deprave, misdirect]
2: violate the sacred character of a place or language;
"desecrate a cemetary"; "violate the sanctity of the
church"; "profane the name of God" [syn: desecrate, outrage,