profane

Profane language is the kind that gets bleeped on TV. The word profane can also describe behavior that's deeply offensive because it shows a lack of respect, especially for someone's religious beliefs.

The Latin root profanus means "unholy," and that's where it all started. If you take the Lord's name in vain, you've profaned Him and probably made your religious mom pretty angry too. Don't even try the profane curse words so vital to a truly great hip-hop track but perhaps not recommended for dinner with Grandma.

Definitions of profane
1

adj grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred

profane utterances against the Church”
Synonyms:
blasphemous, sacrilegious
irreverent
showing lack of due respect or veneration

adj not holy because unconsecrated or impure or defiled

Synonyms:
unconsecrated, unsanctified
unhallowed, unholy
not hallowed or consecrated

adj not concerned with or devoted to religion

“sacred and profane music”
“"secular architecture", "children being brought up in an entirely profane environment”
Synonyms:
secular
earthly
of or belonging to or characteristic of this earth as distinguished from heaven
impious
lacking piety or reverence for a god
laic, lay, secular
characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy
profanatory
profaning or tending to desecrate
secular, temporal, worldly
characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world
Antonyms:
sacred
concerned with religion or religious purposes
consecrate, consecrated, dedicated
solemnly dedicated to or set apart for a high purpose
heavenly
of or belonging to heaven or god
pious
having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity
divine
devoted to or in the service or worship of a deity
ineffable, unnameable, unspeakable, unutterable
too sacred to be uttered
inspirational
imparting a divine influence on the mind and soul
inviolable, inviolate, sacrosanct
having to be kept sacred
numinous
evincing the presence of a deity
quasi-religious
resembling something that is religious
religious, spiritual
concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church
reverend, sublime
worthy of adoration or reverence
sacral
of or relating to sacred rites
taboo, tabu
forbidden to profane use especially in South Pacific islands
show more antonyms...

adj characterized by profanity or cursing

profane words”
Synonyms:
blasphemous, blue
dirty
(of behavior or especially language) characterized by obscenity or indecency

v violate the sacred character of a place or language

profane the name of God”
Synonyms:
desecrate, outrage, violate
Type of:
assail, assault, attack, set on
attack someone physically or emotionally

v corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

Synonyms:
corrupt, debase, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, pervert, subvert, vitiate
Types:
show 6 types...
hide 6 types...
carnalise, carnalize, sensualise, sensualize
debase through carnal gratification
infect
corrupt with ideas or an ideology
lead astray, lead off
teach immoral behavior to
poison
spoil as if by poison
bastardise, bastardize
change something so that its value declines; for example, art forms
suborn
incite to commit a crime or an evil deed
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.