Synonyms for (verb) profane

Synonyms: outrage, profane, violate, desecrate

Definition: violate the sacred character of a place or language

Usage: desecrate a cemetery; violate the sanctity of the church; profane the name of God

Similar words: set on, assail, assault, attack

Definition: attack someone physically or emotionally

Usage: The mugger assaulted the woman; Nightmares assailed him regularly


Synonyms: debase, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, corrupt, subvert, profane, misdirect, pervert, vitiate

Definition: corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

Usage: debauch the young people with wine and women; Socrates was accused of corrupting young men; Do school counselors subvert young children?; corrupt the morals

Similar words: alter, change, modify

Definition: cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

Usage: The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city; The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue

Synonyms for (adjective) profane

Synonyms: profane, blasphemous, blue

Definition: characterized by profanity or cursing

Usage: foul-mouthed and blasphemous; blue language; profane words

Similar words: dirty

Definition: (of behavior or especially language) characterized by obscenity or indecency

Usage: dirty words; a dirty old man; dirty books and movies; boys telling dirty jokes; has a dirty mouth


Synonyms: blasphemous, sacrilegious, profane

Definition: grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred

Usage: blasphemous rites of a witches' Sabbath; profane utterances against the Church; it is sacrilegious to enter with shoes on

Similar words: irreverent

Definition: showing lack of due respect or veneration

Usage: irreverent scholars mocking sacred things; noisy irreverent tourists


Synonyms: unconsecrated, profane, unsanctified

Definition: not holy because unconsecrated or impure or defiled

Similar words: unhallowed, unholy

Definition: not hallowed or consecrated


Synonyms: profane, secular

Definition: not concerned with or devoted to religion

Usage: sacred and profane music; secular drama; secular architecture, children being brought up in an entirely profane environment

Similar words: secular, laic, lay

Definition: characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy

Usage: set his collar in laic rather than clerical position; the lay ministry


Similar words: profanatory

Definition: profaning or tending to desecrate