verb (profan, es)
- (freemasonry) A person not a Mason.
- (transitive) 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.
- (transitive) To put to a wrong or unworthy use; to make a base employment of; to debase; to abuse; to defile.
Etymology: From from profanus ("properly", "before the temple", i.e., without the temple, unholy); pro- ("before") + fanum ("temple"); via .
- 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.
- unclean, Unclean; impure; polluted; unholy.
- Treating sacred things with contempt, disrespect, irreverence, or undue familiarity; irreverent; impious. Hence, specifically; Irreverent in language; taking the name of God in vain; given to swearing; blasphemous; as, a profane person, word, oath, or tongue.
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