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English

Etymology

From Middle French prophane, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] profānus (not religious, unclean), from pro- (before) + fānum (temple).

Pronunciation

Adjective

profane (comparative profan, superlative er)

Positive
profane

Comparative
profan

Superlative
er

  1. Unclean; ritually impure; unholy, desecrating a holy place or thing.
  2. Not sacred or holy, unconsecrated; relating to non-religious matters, secular.
  3. Treating sacred things with contempt, disrespect, irreverence, or undue familiarity; blasphemous, impious. Hence, specifically; Irreverent in language; taking the name of God in vain; given to swearing; blasphemous; as, a profane person, word, oath, or tongue.

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Noun

Singular
profane

Plural
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profane ({{{1}}})
  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.

Verb

Infinitive
to profane

Third person singular
profan

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to profane (third-person singular simple present profan, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To violate, as anything sacred; to treat with abuse, irreverence, obloquy, or contempt; to desecrate; to pollute; as, to profane the name of God; to profane the Scriptures, or the ordinance of God.
  2. (transitive) To put to a wrong or unworthy use; to make a base employment of; to debase; to abuse; to defile.

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French

Pronunciation

Adjective

Singular Plural
Masculine profane
IPA: /pʁɔ.fan/
profanes
IPA: /pʁɔ.fan/
Feminine profane
IPA: /pʁɔ.fan/
profanes
IPA: /pʁɔ.fan/

profane

  1. profane

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Italian

Adjective

profane pl.

  1. Feminine form of profano.

Noun

profane f.

  1. Plural form of profana.

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