Unclean; ritually impure; unholy, desecrating a holy place or thing.
* Sir Walter Raleigh
Not sacred or holy, unconsecrated; relating to non-religious matters, secular.
* I. Disraeli
- Nothing is profane that serveth to holy things.
- profane authors
Treating sacred things with contempt, disrespect, irreverence, or undue familiarity; blasphemous, impious. Hence, specifically; Irreverent in language; taking the name of God in vain; given to swearing; blasphemous; as, a profane person, word, oath, or tongue.
- The profane wreath was suspended before the shrine.
* Bible, 1 Timothy 1:9
- a profane person, word, oath, or tongue
* (obscene) vulgar, inappropriate, obscene, debased, uncouth, offensive, ignoble, mean, lewd
A person or thing that is profane.
* 1796 , Matthew Lewis, The Monk , Folio Society 1985, p. 244:
(freemasonry) A person not a Mason.
- The nuns were employed in religious duties established in honour of St Clare, and to which no profane was ever admitted.
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.
* 1851 ,
To put to a wrong or unworthy use; to make a base employment of; to debase; to abuse; to defile.
- With one mind, their intent eyes all fastened upon the old man’s knife, as he carved the chief dish before him. I do not suppose that for the world they would have profaned that moment with the slightest observation, even upon so neutral a topic as the weather.
- I hope they catch the person responsible for that heinous crime.
- The perpetrators of this heinous act must be brought to justice.
- The government denounced the attack as the most heinous of the last decade.
- Political Leaders from around the world have condemned these heinous acts.
- In our public services sorry seems to be the most heinous word.
* Nouns to which "heinous" is often applied: crime, act, sin, murder, offence.
* (totally reprehensible) abominable, horrible, odious