Profanity is a type of language that includes dirty words and ideas. Swear words, obscene gestures, and naughty jokes are all considered profanity.

You know those four-letter words you're not supposed to say? They're profanity: language that's vulgar and obscene. R-rated movies and cable stations like HBO have a lot of profanity, but you won't hear it on a station like NBC or ABC. Profanity tends to be about off-color subjects, like sex and going to the bathroom. Everyone probably spews some profanity at some point, but you better be careful about who's listening.

Definitions of profanity

n vulgar or irreverent speech or action

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blasphemous language (expressing disrespect for God or for something sacred)
dirty word, filth, obscenity, smut, vulgarism
an offensive or indecent word or phrase
curse, curse word, cuss, expletive, oath, swearing, swearword
profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger
bawdry, bawdy
lewd or obscene talk or writing
a preoccupation with obscenity (especially that dealing with excrement or excretory functions)
Type of:
utterance, vocalization
the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication

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