Profanation Prof`a*na"tion, n. [L. profanatio: cf. F. profanation. See {Profane}, v. t.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. The act of treating with abuse or disrespect, or with undue publicity, or lack of delicacy. [1913 Webster]

'T were profanation of our joys To tell the laity our love. --Donne. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • profanation — [ prɔfanasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • prophanation 1460; lat. profanatio 1 ♦ Action de profaner (les choses sacrées, les lieux saints). Profanation des choses saintes. Profanation de l hostie. Profanation des églises (⇒ violation) . Profanation de sépulture. 2 …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • profanation — profanation, desecration, sacrilege, blasphemy can all mean a violation or a misuse of something regarded as sacred. Profanation applies to an irreverent outrage shocking to those who cherish and hold sacred the thing mistreated; although it may… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • profanation — Profanation. s. f. v. Action de profaner les choses saintes, irreverence commise contre les choses de la Religion. Profanation horrible. la profanation des Eglises, des vases sacrez. Il se dit aussi, Du simple abus qu on fait des choses rares &… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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  • profanation — index blasphemy, profanity Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • profanation — [präf΄ə nā′shən] n. [Fr < LL(Ec) profanatio < L profanare < profanus: see PROFANE] a profaning or being profaned; desecration; defilement SYN. SACRILEGE profanatory [prō fan′ə tôr΄ē, prəfan′ə tôr΄ē] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Profanation — La profanation est un acte dit sacrilège, consistant en un mélange réel ou symbolique d éléments du sacré avec des éléments du profane, d une façon qui n est pas prévue par les règles et rituels du sacré, ou qui va à leur encontre. Il peut s agir …   Wikipédia en Français

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