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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French prophane, from Latin profānus (not religious, unclean), from pro- (before) + fānum (temple).

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profane (comparative profaner or more profane, superlative profanest or most profane)

  1. Unclean; ritually impure; unholy, desecrating a holy place or thing.
  2. Not sacred or holy, unconsecrated; relating to non-religious matters, secular.
    profane authors
    • Gibbon
      The profane wreath was suspended before the shrine.
  3. Treating sacred things with contempt, disrespect, irreverence, or scorn; blasphemous, impious.
  4. Irreverent in language; taking the name of God in vain
    a profane person, word, oath, or tongue
    • Bible, 1 Timothy 1:9
      [] the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane []

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NounEdit

profane (plural profanes)

  1. A person or thing that is profane.
    • 1796, Matthew Lewis, The Monk, Folio Society 1985, p. 244:
      The nuns were employed in religious duties established in honour of St Clare, and to which no profane was ever admitted.
  2. (freemasonry) A person not a Mason.

VerbEdit

profane (third-person singular simple present profanes, present participle profaning, simple past and past participle profaned)

  1. (transitive) To violate (something sacred); to treat with abuse, irreverence, obloquy, or contempt; to desecrate;
    One should not profane the name of God.
    to profane the Scriptures
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 34
      With one mind, their intent eyes all fastened upon the old man’s knife, as he carved the chief dish before him. I do not suppose that for the world they would have profaned that moment with the slightest observation, even upon so neutral a topic as the weather.
  2. (transitive) To put to a wrong or unworthy use; to debase; to abuse; to defile.

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AdjectiveEdit

profane (plural profanes)

  1. secular; lay
  2. profane

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ItalianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

profane f pl

  1. feminine plural of profano

NounEdit

profane f

  1. plural of profana

LatinEdit

AdjectiveEdit

profāne

  1. vocative masculine singular of profānus

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PortugueseEdit

VerbEdit

profane

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of profanar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of profanar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of profanar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of profanar

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VerbEdit

profane

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of profanar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of profanar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of profanar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of profanar.