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pro·fane

 (prō-fān′, prə-)
adj.
1. Marked by contempt or irreverence for what is sacred.
2. Nonreligious in subject matter, form, or use; secular: sacred and profane music.
3. Not admitted into a body of secret knowledge or ritual; uninitiated.
4. Vulgar; coarse.
tr.v. pro·faned, pro·fan·ing, pro·fanes
1. To treat with irreverence: profane the name of God.
2. To put to an improper, unworthy, or degrading use; abuse.

[Middle English prophane, from Old French, from Latin profānus, from prō fānō, in front of the temple : prō-, before, outside; see pro-1 + fānō, ablative of fānum, temple; see dhēs- in Indo-European roots.]

pro·fan′a·to′ry (prō-făn′ə-tôr′ē, prə-) adj.
pro·fane′ly adv.
pro·fan′er n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.profaned - treated irreverently or sacrilegiously
desecrated - treated with contempt; "many desecrated shrines and cemeteries"
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References in classic literature ?
But he lost no time, for as soon as he drew near the temple he profaned the same, casting into it the spear which he held.
Horrible imaginings of deformity possessed my brain, and profaned all that was purest and dearest in my recollections of Miss Dunross.
I am thankful that, though my boyhood may be said to have been set apart, like the youth of the royal David, for the purposes of music, no syllable of rude verse has ever profaned my lips."