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English adjective: profane

1. profane characterized by profanity or cursing


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


Synonymsblasphemous, blue


Similardirty


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.


Synonymssecular


Similarlaic, lay, profanatory, secular


See alsoearthly, impious, secular, temporal, worldly


Antonymssacred

3. profane not holy because unconsecrated or impure or defiled


Synonymsunconsecrated, unsanctified


Similarunhallowed, unholy


Antonymsholy

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


Similarirreverent


Antonymsreverent


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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