profanation


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prof·a·na·tion

 (prŏf′ə-nā′shən)
n.
The act or an instance of profaning; desecration.

prof•a•na•tion

(ˌprɒf əˈneɪ ʃən)

n.
the act of profaning; desecration; defilement.
[1545–55; < Middle French < Medieval Latin]
pro•fan•a•to•ry (prəˈfæn əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, proʊ-) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.profanation - blasphemous behaviorprofanation - blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character; "desecration of the Holy Sabbath"
irreverence, violation - a disrespectful act
2.profanation - degradation of something worthy of respect; cheapening
degradation, debasement - changing to a lower state (a less respected state)

profanation

noun
An act of disrespect or impiety toward something regarded as sacred:
Translations

profanation

[ˌprɒfəˈneɪʃən] Nprofanación f

profanation

nEntweihung f, → Profanierung f
References in classic literature ?
I suppose it would be profanation to eat anything in this spick-and-span bower, so as I'm tremendously hungry, I propose an adjournment," he added presently.
His voice sounded thin and futile after the other's, and to Jurgis it seemed a profanation.
Nay, we will have no profanation, mad Priest,'' said Locksley; ``let us rather hear where you found this prisoner of thine.
Even if I could do it, it would be profanation for me to play at being in love.
It seems like a profanation of the word to write it in connection with such a monster, so I asked him point-blank, "Why may I not go tonight?
I said I looked upon it as a sacrilegious profanation to reward treachery, perhaps crime.
But, had she attempted it, perhaps the old recollections, the long-repressed feelings of childhood, youth, and womanhood, might have gushed from her heart, in words that it would have been profanation to utter there.
My nature revolts at such profanation, sir--I will take $75,000 with Miss Julia, and say no more about it.
This holiest of spots was defended from profanation by the strictest edicts of the all-pervading 'taboo', which condemned to instant death the sacrilegious female who should enter or touch its sacred precincts, or even so much as press with her feet the ground made holy by the shadows that it cast.
Some of her old friends, principally to be found among the peachy-cheeked charmers with the skeleton throats, did once occasionally say, as they toyed in a ghastly manner with large fans--like charmers reduced to flirting with grim death, after losing all their other beaux--did once occasionally say, when the world assembled together, that they wondered the ashes of the Dedlocks, entombed in the mausoleum, never rose against the profanation of her company.
It seems like profanation to laugh and jest and bandy the frivolous chat of our day amid its hoary relics.
The entertainment of the proposition of depravity is the last profligacy and profanation.