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

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profanation (countable and uncountable, plural profanations)

  1. The act of profaning; desecration, blasphemous behaviour, defilement.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 37, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, [], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount [], OCLC 946730821:
      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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profaner +‎ -ation

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profanation f (plural profanations)

  1. profanation