pro·fane (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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
pro·fana·to′ry (prō-fănə-tôr′ē, prə-) adj.
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