profanation

Definitions

  • Communion silver used in the Jamestown church after 1661. Both the chalice and paten were made in London, and donated to the church by Lt. Gov. Francis Morrison (or Moryson) in 1661. On both pieces is the legend: “Mixe not holy thinges with profane.”
    Communion silver used in the Jamestown church after 1661. Both the chalice and paten were made in London, and donated to the church by Lt. Gov. Francis Morrison (or Moryson) in 1661. On both pieces is the legend: “Mixe not holy thinges with profane.”
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n profanation degradation of something worthy of respect; cheapening
    • n profanation blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character "desecration of the Holy Sabbath"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is illegal in Georgia to use profanity in the presence of a corpse.
    • Profanation The act of treating with abuse or disrespect, or with undue publicity, or lack of delicacy. "'T were profanation of our joys
      To tell the laity our love."
    • Profanation The act of violating sacred things, or of treating them with contempt or irreverence; irreverent or too familiar treatment or use of what is sacred; desecration; as, the profanation of the Sabbath; the profanation of a sanctuary; the profanation of the name of God.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n profanation The act of violating sacred things, or of treating them with contempt or irreverence; desecration: as, the profanation of the Lord's day; the profanation of a sanctuary.
    • n profanation The act of treating with too little reserve or delicacy, or of making common.
    • n profanation Synonyms Profanation, Desecration, Sacrileye, pollution. The first three words express offenses, amounting almost or quite to outrages, against the religious sentiment, in connection with places, days, etc., taking off their sacred character. They are in the order of strength. Profanation is perhaps most distinctly a matter of irreverence. Sacrilege seems most directly an invasion of the rights of God.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Profanation desecration: irreverence to what is holy: a treating of anything with disrespect
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Quotations

  • Theodor W. Adorno
    Theodor W. Adorno
    “Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane.”
  • Georges Bataille
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    “Beauty is desired in order that it may be befouled; not for its own sake, but for the joy brought by the certainty of profaning it.”
  • Henry Van Dyke
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    “Half of the secular unrest and dismal, profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain ideas that every man is bound to be a critic for life.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “The pest of society are the egotist, they are dull and bright, sacred and profane, course and fine. It is a disease that like the flu falls on all constitutions.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “No facts are to me sacred; none are profane; I simply experiment, an endless seeker, with no past at my back.”
  • Mark Twain
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    “Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. profanatio,: cf. F. profanation,. See Profane (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. profanuspro, before, fanum, a temple.

Usage

In literature:

The lives of the planters in Maryland and Virginia are very godless and profane.
"Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680" by Jasper Danckaerts
During the week that has passed, have you refrained entirely from the use of profane or quarrelsome words and actions?
"The Choctaw Freedmen" by Robert Elliott Flickinger
The profanity of the teamsters was painfully apparent.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
English, Italian, and profane clashed together.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
Do you seek to be with the profane?
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
To them it had been a thing too sacred to profane with ordinary words.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
PROFANITY IN THE ARMY.
"Incidents of the War: Humorous, Pathetic, and Descriptive" by Alf Burnett
These things, in literature, are like "fancy drinks" among the profane.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 107, September, 1866" by Various
Avoid those who use vulgar or profane language.
"The Young Man's Guide" by William A. Alcott
But their profanity was in vain.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
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In poetry:

Why do the wealthy wicked boast,
And grow profanely bold?
The meanest portion of the just
Excels the sinner's gold.
"Psalm 37 part 2" by Isaac Watts
I heard the wretch profanely boast,
Till at thy frown he fell;
His honors in a dream were lost,
And he awakes in hell.
"Psalm 73 part 1" by Isaac Watts
I heard the wretch profanely boast,
Till at thy frown he fell;
His honors in a dream were lost,
And he awakes in hell.
"Psalm LXXIII: Now I'm Convinced the Lord Is Kind" by Isaac Watts
Canst thou for ever sit and bear
Thine holy name profaned?
And still thy jealousy forbear,
And still withhold thine hand?
"Psalm LXXIV: Will God For Ever Cast Us Off?" by Isaac Watts
Canst thou for ever sit and hear
Thine holy name profaned?
And still thy jealousy forbear,
And still withhold thine hand?
"Psalm 74" by Isaac Watts
Alas! that Passion should profane
Even then the morning of the earth!
That, sadder still, the fatal stain
Should fall on hearts of heavenly birth—
And that from Woman's love should fall
So dark a stain, most sad of all!
"The Loves of the Angels" by Thomas Moore

In news:

A bloodier, more profane hockey take on the Bad News Bears aesthetic — and good.
Hundreds of people who went to Richland High School over the weekend to watch performances the Mid-Columbia ballet's "Nutcracker" were greet by profanity-laced graffiti .
There was something about the guitar in the song "Dance Little Sister" (from the album "It's Only Rock 'n Roll") that drove me (profanity) mad.
Not rated (gory violence, profanity) At the IFC Center, Sixth Avenue and Third Street.
For now at least, fleeting bursts of profanity and nudity may continue on prime-time network TV.
The Supreme Court case pits the FCC against nudity and profanity on broadcast TV.
Principal fired for profanity, intimidation .
Huntingdon College fires golf coach after profanity- laced tirade.
Current TV hosts mock Paul Ryan in profanity- laced coverage.
On the 19th floor of Consolidated Edison's Manhattan headquarters, the veteran lineman briefing a roomful of 100 out-of-town utility workers had a lot of advice, from the practical to the profane.
Rated PG-13 (sexual situations, profanity, adult themes).
Elvis Costello gets ' Profane '.
Danses sacree et profane ("Sacred and profane dances").
A Hastings, Nebraska woman is fuming after receiving a profane pizza receipt.
'Sacred and Profane ': Cessna Decosimo explores the intersection within human experience.
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