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. adjective
    grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred
    profane utterances against the Church”
    synonyms: blasphemous, sacrilegious
    showing lack of due respect or veneration
  2. adjective
    not holy because unconsecrated or impure or defiled
    synonyms: unconsecrated, unsanctified
    unhallowed, unholy
    not hallowed or consecrated
  3. adjective
    not concerned with or devoted to religion
    “sacred and profane music”
    “"secular architecture", "children being brought up in an entirely profane environment”
    synonyms: secular
    of or belonging to or characteristic of this earth as distinguished from heaven
    lacking piety or reverence for a god
    laic, lay, secular
    characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy
    profaning or tending to desecrate
    secular, temporal, worldly
    characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world
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    concerned with religion or religious purposes
    consecrate, consecrated, dedicated
    solemnly dedicated to or set apart for a high purpose
    of or belonging to heaven or god
    having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity
    devoted to or in the service or worship of a deity
    ineffable, unnameable, unspeakable, unutterable
    too sacred to be uttered
    imparting a divine influence on the mind and soul
    inviolable, inviolate, sacrosanct
    having to be kept sacred
    evincing the presence of a deity
    resembling something that is religious
    religious, spiritual
    concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church
    reverend, sublime
    worthy of adoration or reverence
    of or relating to sacred rites
    taboo, tabu
    forbidden to profane use especially in South Pacific islands
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  4. adjective
    characterized by profanity or cursing
    profane words”
    synonyms: blasphemous, blue
    (of behavior or especially language) characterized by obscenity or indecency
  5. verb
    violate the sacred character of a place or language
    profane the name of God”
    synonyms: desecrate, outrage, violate
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    type of:
    assail, assault, attack, set on
    attack someone physically or emotionally
  6. verb
    corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality
    synonyms: corrupt, debase, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, pervert, subvert, vitiate
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    carnalise, carnalize, sensualise, sensualize
    debase through carnal gratification
    corrupt with ideas or an ideology
    lead astray, lead off
    teach immoral behavior to
    spoil as if by poison
    bastardise, bastardize
    change something so that its value declines; for example, art forms
    incite to commit a crime or an evil deed
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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