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 (prō-fān′, prə-)
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.profanely - with curses; "muttering profanely"
2.profanely - in an irreverent or profane manner; "he kept wondering profanely why everything bad happened to him"


[prəˈfeɪnlɪ] adv (behave, speak) → in modo irriverente
References in classic literature ?
One day the planks stream with freshets of blood and oil; on the sacred quarter-deck enormous masses of the whale's head are profanely piled; great rusty casks lie about, as in a brewery yard; the smoke from the try-works has besooted all the bulwarks; the mariners go about suffused with unctuousness; the entire ship seems great leviathan himself; while on all hands the din is deafening.
how dares such a wretch as I mention her so profanely.
As they halted thus the lieutenant again be- gan to bellow profanely.
His legs and thighs were thin, nearly to emaciation, but of extraordinary length; and his knees would have been considered tremendous, had they not been outdone by the broader foundations on which this false superstructure of blended human orders was so profanely reared.
The man stopped outside, and Meriem could hear Malbihn profanely issuing instructions.
When his indignation had subsided a little he whirled the idol about most profanely, so as to give me an opportunity of examining it on all sides.
And, again, and somewhat profanely, 'Ask no questions,' he would tell his assistants,
I caught and twisted an unresisting wrist - and at that he yelped profanely.
When we moved the ornaments in that part, we moved a statue of a fat naked child-- profanely described in the catalogue of the house as "Cupid, god of Love.
When he filled a pan with dirt, he ran down the hill to wash it; nor could he forbear running up the hill again, panting and stumbling profanely, to refill the pan.
Until we citizens demand from our congressmen and president that they focus not on borrowing a trillion dollars to fund "tax cuts," but rather invest in education for our citizens to adapt to our new automated manufacturing, tax incentives for corporations to repatriate their plants in areas of the USA that are in need of economic assistance, rebuilding our "Third World infrastructure," balancing health care and corporate welfare, we will continue to decline in a downward spiral that will end in the USA parroting those countries that our president so profanely disdaned.
He didnt speak profanely very much, DiPrima continued.