- characterized by irreverence or contempt for God or sacred principles or things; irreligious.
- not devoted to holy or religious purposes; unconsecrated; secular (opposed to sacred).
- unholy; heathen; pagan: profane rites.
- not initiated into religious rites or mysteries, as persons.
- common or vulgar.
verb (used with object), pro·faned, pro·fan·ing.
- to misuse (anything that should be held in reverence or respect); defile; debase; employ basely or unworthily.
- to treat (anything sacred) with irreverence or contempt; violate the sanctity of: to profane a shrine.
- having or indicating contempt, irreverence, or disrespect for a divinity or something sacred
- not designed or used for religious purposes; secular
- not initiated into the inner mysteries or sacred rites
- vulgar, coarse, or blasphemousprofane language
- to treat or use (something sacred) with irreverence
- to put to an unworthy or improper use
v.late 14c., from Old French profaner, prophaner (13c.) and directly from Latin profanare “to desecrate, render unholy, violate,” from profanus “unholy, not consecrated” (see profane (adj.)). Related: Profaned; profaning. adj.mid-15c., “un-ecclesiastical, secular,” from Old French profane (12c.) and directly from Latin profanus “unholy, not consecrated,” according to Barnhart from pro fano “not admitted into the temple (with the initiates),” literally “out in front of the temple,” from pro- “before” (see pro-) + fano, ablative of fanum “temple” (see feast (n.)). Sense of “unholy, polluted” is recorded from c.1500. Related: Profanely.