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English adjective: profane

1. profane characterized by profanity or cursing

SamplesFoul-mouthed and blasphemous.
Blue language.
Profane words.

Synonymsblasphemous, blue


Antonymsunobjectionable, clean

2. profane not concerned with or devoted to religion

SamplesSacred and profane music.
Secular drama.
Secular architecture.
Children being brought up in an entirely profane environment.


Similarlaic, lay, profanatory, secular

See alsoearthly, impious, secular, temporal, worldly


3. profane not holy because unconsecrated or impure or defiled

Synonymsunconsecrated, unsanctified

Similarunhallowed, unholy


4. profane grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred

SamplesBlasphemous rites of a witches' Sabbath.
Profane utterances against the Church.
It is sacrilegious to enter with shoes on.

Synonymsblasphemous, sacrilegious



English verb: profane

1. profane (social) corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

SamplesDebauch the young people with wine and women.
Socrates was accused of corrupting young men.
Do school counselors subvert young children?.
Corrupt the morals.

Synonymscorrupt, debase, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, pervert, subvert, vitiate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)bastardise, bastardize, carnalise, carnalize, infect, lead astray, lead off, poison, sensualise, sensualize, suborn

2. profane (social) violate the sacred character of a place or language

SamplesDesecrate a cemetery.
Violate the sanctity of the church.
Profane the name of God.

Synonymsdesecrate, outrage, violate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)assail, assault, attack, set on

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