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

 

profane

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//prəˈfeɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prəˈfeɪn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they profane
BrE BrE//prəˈfeɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prəˈfeɪn//
 
he / she / it profanes
BrE BrE//prəˈfeɪnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prəˈfeɪnz//
 
past simple profaned
BrE BrE//prəˈfeɪnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prəˈfeɪnd//
 
past participle profaned
BrE BrE//prəˈfeɪnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prəˈfeɪnd//
 
-ing form profaning
BrE BrE//prəˈfeɪnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prəˈfeɪnɪŋ//
 
 
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profane something (formal) to treat something holy with a lack of respect Word Origin late 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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