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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pro·fane /proˈfen, prə-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pro·fane a.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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,