Definition of profanity noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    profanity

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//proʊˈfænət̮i//
     
    , NAmE//prəˈfænət̮i//
     
    (pl. profanities)(formal)
     
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  1. 1[uncountable] behavior that shows a lack of respect for God or holy things
  2. 2 [countable, usually plural] swear words, or religious words used in a way that shows a lack of respect for God or holy things He uttered a stream of profanities.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: profanity