Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb profane

2 senses of profane

Sense 1
corrupt, pervert, subvert, demoralize, demoralise, debauch, debase, profane, vitiate, deprave, misdirect -- (corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality; "debauch the young people with wine and women"; "Socrates was accused of corrupting young men"; "Do school counselors subvert young children?"; "corrupt the morals")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Sense 2
desecrate, profane, outrage, violate -- (violate the sacred character of a place or language; "desecrate a cemetery"; "violate the sanctity of the church"; "profane the name of God")
       => assail, assault, set on, attack -- (attack someone physically or emotionally; "The mugger assaulted the woman"; "Nightmares assailed him regularly")

Antonyms of adj profane

4 senses of profane

Sense 1
blasphemous, blue, profane -- (characterized by profanity or cursing; "foul-mouthed and blasphemous"; "blue language"; "profane words")

INDIRECT (VIA dirty) -> clean, unobjectionable -- ((of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers; "good clean fun"; "a clean joke")

Sense 2
profane (vs. sacred), secular -- (not concerned with or devoted to religion; "sacred and profane music"; "secular drama"; "secular architecture", "children being brought up in an entirely profane environment")

sacred (vs. profane) -- (concerned with religion or religious purposes; "sacred texts"; "sacred rites"; "sacred music")
        => divine -- (devoted to or in the service or worship of a deity; "divine worship"; "divine liturgy")
        => ineffable, unnameable, unspeakable, unutterable -- (too sacred to be uttered; "the ineffable name of the Deity")
        => inspirational -- (imparting a divine influence on the mind and soul)
        => inviolable, inviolate, sacrosanct -- (must be kept sacred)
        => numinous -- (evincing the presence of a deity; "a numinous wood"; "the most numinous moment in the Mass")
        => quasi-religious -- (resembling something that is religious)
        => religious, spiritual -- (concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church; "religious texts"; "a member of a religious order"; "lords temporal and spiritual"; "spiritual leaders"; "spiritual songs")
        => reverend, sublime -- (worthy of adoration or reverence)
        => sacral -- (of or relating to sacred rites; "sacral laws")
        => taboo, tabu -- (forbidden to profane use especially in South Pacific islands)

Sense 3
profane, unconsecrated, unsanctified -- (not holy because unconsecrated or impure or defiled)

INDIRECT (VIA unholy) -> holy -- (belonging to or derived from or associated with a divine power)

Sense 4
blasphemous, profane, sacrilegious -- (grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred; "blasphemous rites of a witches' Sabbath"; "profane utterances against the Church"; "it is sacrilegious to enter with shoes on")

INDIRECT (VIA irreverent) -> reverent -- (feeling or showing profound respect or veneration; "maintained a reverent silence")

Similarity of adj profane

4 senses of profane

Sense 1
blasphemous, blue, profane -- (characterized by profanity or cursing; "foul-mouthed and blasphemous"; "blue language"; "profane words")
       => dirty (vs. clean) -- ((of behavior or especially language) characterized by obscenity or indecency; "dirty words"; "a dirty old man"; "dirty books and movies"; "boys telling dirty jokes"; "has a dirty mouth")

Sense 2
profane (vs. sacred), secular -- (not concerned with or devoted to religion; "sacred and profane music"; "secular drama"; "secular architecture", "children being brought up in an entirely profane environment")
       => laic, lay, secular -- (characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy; "set his collar in laic rather than clerical position"; "the lay ministry")
       => profanatory -- (profaning or tending to desecrate)
          Also See-> earthly#1; impious#1; worldly#1, secular#2, temporal#4

Sense 3
profane, unconsecrated, unsanctified -- (not holy because unconsecrated or impure or defiled)
       => unholy (vs. holy), unhallowed -- (not hallowed or consecrated)

Sense 4
blasphemous, profane, sacrilegious -- (grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred; "blasphemous rites of a witches' Sabbath"; "profane utterances against the Church"; "it is sacrilegious to enter with shoes on")
       => irreverent (vs. reverent) -- (showing lack of due respect or veneration; "irreverent scholars mocking sacred things"; "noisy irreverent tourists")

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