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  • Her father had a way of undermining his sister’s lectures on the innate superiority of any given Finch: he always told his daughter the rest of it, quietly and solemnly, but Jean Louise sometimes thought she detected an unmistakably profane glint in Atticus Finch’s eyes, or was it merely the light hitting his glasses?
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • It seems profane somehow—the world clean, the air warm—when scores of young men lay cold in their coffins, waiting to return to the earth.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • The feral hog shows a remarkable understanding of human speech, especially profane speech," he mumbled, quoting from the book.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • But on sight of the closet door I had to retreat and scrub my hands in the exam room, ashamed by the feeling that I had secretly profaned her.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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  • The crowd moved outside, where loudly and profanely they attacked the stolid immovability of a system run amuck.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Chauncey had a profane retort on the tip of his tongue, but he swallowed it.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Mr. Bainbridge had tactfully tried to distract the conversation onto neutral historical ground by saying that he had always been interested in the variations of what was considered profane speech through the ages.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Mr. Plummer was a miserable drunkard, a profane swearer, and a savage monster.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • His voice sounded thin and futile after the other’s, and to Jurgis it seemed a profanation.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • I said I looked upon it as a sacrilegious profanation to reward treachery, perhaps crime.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • "Nay; it would be sinful, in such a question, to follow the clue of profane philosophy," said Mr. Wilson.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • I collected bones from charnel-houses and disturbed, with profane fingers, the tremendous secrets of the human frame.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • What profane wretch art thou?
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • The other egwugwu immediately surrounded their desecrated companion, to shield him from the profane gaze of women and children, and led him away.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • ’For how long?’ mocked the profane old man with a gleam of malicious elation.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • I am thankful that, though my boyhood may be said to have been set apart, like the youth of the royal David, for the purposes of music, no syllable of rude verse has ever profaned my lips.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • I vow I should consider it a profanation.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • It seems like a profanation of the word to write it in connection with such a monster, so I asked him point-blank, "Why may I not go tonight?"
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Dare to profane with his unworthiest hand that No, he didn’t.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Those books, both prose and verse, are consecrated to me by other associations; and I hate to have them debased and profaned in his mouth!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • As they halted thus the lieutenant again began to bellow profanely.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • He strung ordinary sentences together and they came out sounding either like the most profane curses or like comical poetry.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • It sounded profane coming from the mouth of a child.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • They considered English a polluted, free-thinkers language for profane men like Chaucer and Shakespeare.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The window went up, a maid-servant’s discordant voice profaned the holy calm, and a deluge of water drenched the prone martyr’s remains!
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • It was pleasant after that honour to return to the profane world of spectators amid nudges and significant looks.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • "Yeah, I was a jerk," I offered, knowing there were other, probably more accurate words to describe me back then, all of which were profane enough to offend her.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • On this scroll it says that Sir Charles Baskerville had an ancestor called Sir Hugo Baskerville, who was a wild, profane and godless man.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • The rain makes them howl like dogs; of one of their sides they make a screen for the other; the profane wretches often turn themselves.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Why do you think I used it? I am not profane by accident.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Everest, the purists sniffed, had been debased and profaned.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The sound of so many footfalls out there was Tightening, almost a profanation.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Know then that in the time of the Great Rebellion (the history of which by the learned Lord Clarendon I most earnestly commend to your attention) this Manor of Baskerville was held by Hugo of that name, nor can it be gainsaid that he was a most wild, profane, and godless man.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • (Sara) Leviticus, 21:9 "And the daughter of any priest, if she profanes herself by playing the harlot, profanes her father; she shall be burned with fire."
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • His conversation was in free and easy defiance of Murray’s Grammar,* and was garnished at convenient intervals with various profane expressions, which not even the desire to be graphic in our account shall induce us to transcribe.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • "Sacrilege! profanation!" resumed the voice of the bald man.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • —of a truth must I profane his sacred person with a touch, sith his slumber is deaf to speech.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • O name, O sacred name of faithfulness profaned!
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Local opinion held Mr. Underwood to be an intense, profane little man, whose father in a fey fit of humor christened Braxton Bragg, a name Mr. Underwood had done his best to live down.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Observations at the necessary distance cannot be detailed, but such as have been made indicate consistently that living forms are in the process, although in the most profane shapes, of encroaching upon this fearsome desolation.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • He was talkative full of gossip and stories, profane, vulgar and friendly.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • O King, thy willful temper ails the State, For all our shrines and altars are profaned By what has filled the maw of dogs and crows, The flesh of Oedipus’ unburied son.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • Eiko, Fumi, and I have gotten to be so profane that Tom and the rest have given up being surprised.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • What I am and what I would are as secret as maidenhead: to your ears, divinity; to any other’s, profanation.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • That man who does not believe that each day contains an earlier, more sacred, and auroral hour than he has yet profaned, has despaired of life, and is pursuing a descending and darkening way.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • If poor Mama Elena had known that even after she was dead her presence was enough to inspire terror—and that this fear of encountering her is what provided Tita and Pedro the perfect opportunity to profane her favorite place with impunity, rolling voluptuously on Gertrudis’s bed—she would have died another hundred times over.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • Some gathered in little circles, huddled closely together, with their mouths all whispering in the centre; some went homeward alone, wrapt in silent meditation; some talked loudly, and profaned the Sabbath day with ostentatious laughter.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • Her first impulse was to curse him for profaning the house when the body of her husband was still warm in the grave.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • A feeling such as his was profaned by talk of the rivalry of some Petersburg officer, of the suppositions and the counsels of Stepan Arkadyevitch.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • She was watching him closely and the silence was embarrassing, yet in this crisis he could find no casual word with which to profane the hour.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
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