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profane
used in Tom Jones

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Definition
showing no respect for something thought of as sacred
  • _ —Far hence be souls profane, The sibyl cry'd, and from the grove abstain.
    Book 5 (86% in)
  • ...in a married state, as it can only produce that high and tender friendship which should always be the cement of this union; and, in my opinion, all those marriages which are contracted from other motives are greatly criminal; they are a profanation of a most holy ceremony, and generally end in disquiet and misery: for surely we may call it a profanation to convert this most sacred institution into a wicked sacrifice to lust or avarice: and what better can be said of those matches...
    Book 1 (90% in)
  • ...be the cement of this union; and, in my opinion, all those marriages which are contracted from other motives are greatly criminal; they are a profanation of a most holy ceremony, and generally end in disquiet and misery: for surely we may call it a profanation to convert this most sacred institution into a wicked sacrifice to lust or avarice: and what better can be said of those matches to which men are induced merely by the consideration of a beautiful person, or a great fortune?
    Book 1 (90% in)
  • Initiate me into all those mysteries which profane eyes never beheld.
    Book 13 (3% in)
  • My Sophia! how dares such a wretch as I mention her so profanely.
    Book 18 (7% in)

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