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profane

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Definition showing no respect for something thought of as sacred

Much more rarely profane may mean that something is not sacred or concerned with religion; or that it is not holy because it is unconsecrated, impure or defiled.
  • 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
profane = showing no respect for accepted standards of behavior
  • Indeed, in a marriage ceremony, red on a bride's cheek is her real vow, the rest useless and profane.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • The crowd moved outside, where loudly and profanely they attacked the stolid immovability of a system run amuck.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • 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
  • The sound of so many footfalls out there was Tightening, almost a profanation.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • His voice sounded thin and futile after the other's, and to Jurgis it seemed a profanation.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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
  • No more be done; We should profane the service of the dead To sing a requiem and such rest to her As to peace-parted souls.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Her being there at all had the character of ugly evidence, of handwritings, of profaned relics, of grim things produced in court.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • Panhandle Smith was the red-faced cook, merry, profane, a short, bow-legged man resembling many rustlers Duane had known, particularly Luke Stevens.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • 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
  • Nay, looking at that calm, benignant countenance, the very idea of war and conquest, and lust of dominion, smote him like a profanation.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • He was talkative full of gossip and stories, profane, vulgar and friendly.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • I am not profane by accident.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • As they halted thus the lieutenant again began to bellow profanely.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Andrew: you are trying to put me off the subject of the inheritance by profane jokes.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • 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
  • The false knight who profaned his blade with the blood of the king he had sworn to defend.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • 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
  • 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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