Profane Pro*fane", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Profaned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Profaning}.] [L. profanare: cf. F. profaner. See {Profane}, a.] [1913 Webster] 1. To violate, as anything sacred; to treat with abuse, irreverence, obloquy, or contempt; to desecrate; to pollute; as, to profane the name of God; to profane the Scriptures, or the ordinance of God. [1913 Webster]

The priests in the temple profane the sabbath. --Matt. xii. 5. [1913 Webster]

2. To put to a wrong or unworthy use; to make a base employment of; to debase; to abuse; to defile. [1913 Webster]

So idly to profane the precious time. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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