Profane

Definition of Profane

Pro`fane´
a.1.
1.Not sacred or holy; not possessing peculiar sanctity; unconsecrated; hence, relating to matters other than sacred; secular; - opposed to sacred, religious, or inspired; as, a profane place.
The profane wreath was suspended before the shrine.
- Gibbon.
2.Unclean; impure; polluted; unholy.
Nothing is profane that serveth to holy things.
- Sir W. Raleigh.
3.Treating sacred things with contempt, disrespect, irreverence, or undue familiarity; irreverent; impious.
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Profaned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Profaning.]
1.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.
The priests in the temple profane the sabbath.
- Matt. xii. 5.
2.To put to a wrong or unworthy use; to make a base employment of; to debase; to abuse; to defile.
So idly to profane the precious time.
- Shak.

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