Definition of profanity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    profanity

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//prəˈfænəti//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈfænəti//
     
    , also NAmE//proʊˈfænəti//
     
    (pl. profanities)(formal)
     
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  1. 1[uncountable] behaviour 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.
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from late Latin profanitas, from Latin profanus ‘not sacred’, from pro- (from Latin pro ‘before’) + fanum ‘temple’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: profanity