profanation

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French prophanation, profanation, and its source, Late Latin profanatio, from the participle stem of Latin profānāre.

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NounEdit

profanation (plural profanations)

  1. The act of profaning; desecration, blasphemous behaviour, defilement.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.37:
      those which mocke and condemne it, intend neverthelesse to wrong this noble vertue; but onely to condemne the abuse and profanation of so sacred a title [...].
    • 1826-06, The Gentleman's Magazine, page 528:
      [...]but there is a time and a season for all things, and we look upon such attempts as that before us, with a certain portion of respect for a good intention, but as a lamentable want of judgment and good taste, not to speak of a familiarity with the phraseology of Scripture, little short of profanation.

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