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a. & v. t.1.See Profane.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Sneerers and prophane wits may perhaps laugh at her first fright; yet my graver reader, when he considers the time of night, the summons from her bed, and the situation in which she found her master, will highly justify and applaud her conduct, unless the prudence which must be supposed to attend maidens at that period of life at which Mrs Deborah had arrived, should a little lessen his admiration.
Chalices were only proscribed in 1571 when Archbishop of York Edmund Grindal specified in his injunctions to the clergy that they should 'minister the Holy communion in no challice, nor any prophane cup or glasse, but in a Communion cup of Siluer, and with a couer of Siluer'.
Their main error is to confuse the spiritual bliss (ananda, maha-sukha) of India with ordinary orgasmic pleasure turning the sacred into the prophane. These elucidations may conceivably be helpful to people looking for a more fulfilling or entertaining sex life, but they are in most cases far removed from the true spirit of Indian spiritual legacy and attainment of Nirvana.
Let still the States which flourish for the time, By subjects be inviolable thought, And those (no doubt) commit a monstrous crime, Who lawfull Soveraignty prophane in ought: And we must thinke (though now thus brought to bow) The Senate King; a subject Caesar is; The Soveraignty whom violating now, The world must damne, as having done amisse.
Two pamphlets, 'The Witches Dance' and 'Prophane Pastime or the Witches Mad Humors' were entered in the Stationers Register on 22 August 1634.
"It is intriguing, therefore, to note the following by-name, possibly a nickname for a notorious trickster, from 1658: 'John Fun, otherwise Funn John of Bingley, labourer, convicted of one prophane oath'.
Abstraction simply makes people distracted; thus it is important to "Avoid prophane and vain babbling, and oppositions of science falsly so called' (Philosophical Works 26), as Bacon quotes the precept of St.
As humorous is my contritione As my prophane Love, and as soone forgott: As ridlingly distemper'd, cold and hott, As praying, as mute; as infinite, as none.
when [mother earth] is delivered of us, our grave opened for another, wee are not transplanted, but transported, our dust blowne away with prophane dust, with every wind" (93).
[6.] Eliade, Mircea (1987), The Sacred and the Prophane. The Nature of Religion, New York: Harcourt
(80.) Illustrative of an early "obscenity" law but with an ostensibly religious focus was Massachusetts's act "Against Immorality, Intemperance and Profaneness, and for Reformation of Manners," which criminalized publication of "any filthy, obscene, or prophane song, pamphlet, libel or mock-sermon [in] mimicking of preaching, or any other part of divine worship." Act of Mar.
24 that servants should provide a "godly example" to "their prophane Maisters."