Definition of profane adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//prəˈfeɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈfeɪn//
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  1. 1(formal) having or showing a lack of respect for God or holy things profane language
  2. 2(specialist) not connected with religion or holy things synonym secular songs of sacred and profane love
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘heathen’): from Old French prophane, from Latin profanus ‘outside the temple, not sacred’, from pro- (from Latin pro ‘before’) + fanum ‘temple’.
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