• 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.”
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Profaner One who treats sacred things with irreverence, or defiles what is holy; one who uses profane language.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It is illegal in Georgia to use profanity in the presence of a corpse.
    • n profaner One who profanes, or who by words or actions treats sacred things with irreverence; a user of profane language.
    • n profaner A polluter; a defiler.
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  • 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
    “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
    “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
    “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
    “No facts are to me sacred; none are profane; I simply experiment, an endless seeker, with no past at my back.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.”


In literature:

The superstitious hath too many gods; the profane man hath none at all, unless perhaps himself be his own deity, and the world his heaven.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
Vulgarity is even lower than profanity.
"Frank Merriwell's Nobility" by Burt L. Standish (AKA Gilbert Patten)
As he looked, however, the pistols dropped, and one of the riders indulged in a profane expression of disappointment.
"Romance of California Life" by John Habberton
I tried to damn my mood, but found no profanity utterable.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
To secure the body from all profanation, it was concealed in a pit, carefully hidden in the solid masonry.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
It seemed like a profanation of his memory.
"Hatchie, the Guardian Slave; or, The Heiress of Bellevue" by Warren T. Ashton
The so-called profane passages are all that are left to me as my own.
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley
I.i.115 (364,4) What profane wretch art thou?
"Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies" by Samuel Johnson
Don't think me profane, and don't for a moment imagine I underrate the function of the preacher.
"Humorous Masterpieces from American Literature" by Various
The sea cook is said to be the father of profanity.
"In the Days of Poor Richard" by Irving Bacheller

In poetry:

You cannot kill the Gods. They still
Reclaim the thrones where once they reigned,
Rehaunt the grove, remount the rill,
And renovate their rites profaned.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
The noise of a fool in mock distress,
Crashing and laughing and blindly going,
Of ignorant feet and a swishing dress,
And a Voice profaning the solitudes.
"The Voice" by Rupert Brooke
I am the singer who of late put by
The verse azulean and the chant profane,
Across whose nights a rossignol would cry
And prove himself a lark at morn again.
"Portico" by Ruben Dario
Backward we traveled to reclaim the day
Before we fell, like Icarus, undone;
All we find are altars in decay
And profane words scrawled black across the sun.
"Doom Of Exiles" by Sylvia Plath
Beneath my fierce, profane caress
The whole white length of body moved;
The drowsy bosom seemed to press
As if against a breast beloved,
Then fail for weariness.
"The Tryst" by Muriel Stuart
That death-stain on the vernal sward
Hallowed to freedom all the shore;
In fragments fell the yoke abhorred--
The footstep of a foreign lord
Profaned the soil no more.
"Seventy-Six" by William Cullen Bryant

In news:

PROFANITY Quite a bit and more than a few racial slurs.
Rated R (graphic nudity, sex, violence, profanity).
Rated PG-13 (crude humor, profanity, fighting).
The tension between the sacred and profane has been a crucial element in American popular music at least since gospel gave way to soul.
A disgruntled Bed Bath & Beyond employee took some liberties with a tag for a NuWave oven, saying several profane things about his or her boss.
R, for profanity and dramatic intensity.
Rated R (drugs, violence, profanity, sexuality).
A Gloversville man who was working this week temporarily for Walmart was charged Thursday night after allegedly being profane with customers and staff and fighting with police officers.
Posts tagged " profane ".
The Sacred & The Profane .
Just over a year after Elvis Costello released 2008's Momofuku, the rocker-TV host will return with a new album, Secret, Profane & Sugarcane, on June 2nd.
Q&A: Sacred Spaces in Profane Buildings.
A Massachusetts town to issue fines for public profanity .
You hear it everywhere, profanity .
Massachusetts Town OKs Fines For Profanity .