Profane Pro*fane", a. [F., fr. L. profanus, properly, before the temple, i. e., without the temple, unholy; pro before + fanum temple. See 1st {Fane}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not sacred or holy; not possessing peculiar sanctity; unconsecrated; hence, relating to matters other than sacred; secular; -- opposed to sacred, religious, or inspired; as, a profane place. ``Profane authors.'' --I. Disraeli. [1913 Webster]

The profane wreath was suspended before the shrine. --Gibbon. [1913 Webster]

2. Unclean; impure; polluted; unholy. [1913 Webster]

Nothing is profane that serveth to holy things. --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster]

3. Treating sacred things with contempt, disrespect, irreverence, or undue familiarity; irreverent; impious. Hence, specifically; Irreverent in language; taking the name of God in vain; given to swearing; blasphemous; as, a profane person, word, oath, or tongue. --1 Tim. i. 9. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Secular; temporal; worldly; unsanctified; unhallowed; unholy; irreligious; irreverent; ungodly; wicked; godless; impious. See {Impious}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.