V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


adjective, verb

Definition: (adj.) vulgar or irreverent; (v.) to treat irreverently

Synonyms: (adj.) abusive, blasphemous, dirty, vulgar, obscene, crude, disrespectful, (v.) befoul, defile, desecrate, violate, abuse

Antonyms: (adj.) godly, reverent, clean, (v.) revere, respect

Tips: Profane is derived from the Latin pro fano, which means "not admitted into the temple." The sense is that of unholiness or ungodliness. Something profane is something vulgar or unholy. Profane is not often used as a verb, but can be. The related noun profanity refers to something that is vulgar or irreverent.

Usage Examples:

The man used a profane gesture to make his point during the argument. (vulgar, crude) adjective

Someone profaned the veterans' memorial statue with spray paint. (befouled) verb

The company and its CEO were sued for sexual harassment due to what the woman said were profane remarks directed at her. (vulgar, disrespectful, dirty) adjective

He was thrown out of the store after using profanity with one of the clerks. (disrespectful words, vulgar language) noun

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