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 for profane
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Profane \Pro*fane"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Profaned; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Profaning.] [L. profanare: cf. F. profaner. See
     Profane, a.]
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     1. To violate, as anything sacred; to treat with abuse,
        irreverence, obloquy, or contempt; to desecrate; to
        pollute; as, to profane the name of God; to profane the
        Scriptures, or the ordinance of God.
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              The priests in the temple profane the sabbath.
                                                    --Matt. xii.
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     2. To put to a wrong or unworthy use; to make a base
        employment of; to debase; to abuse; to defile.
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              So idly to profane the precious time. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              The profane wreath was suspended before the shrine.
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     2. Unclean; impure; polluted; unholy.
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              Nothing is profane that serveth to holy things.
                                                    --Sir W.
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     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.
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     Syn: Secular; temporal; worldly; unsanctified; unhallowed;
          unholy; irreligious; irreverent; ungodly; wicked;
          godless; impious. See Impious.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: characterized by profanity or cursing; "foul-mouthed and
             blasphemous"; "blue language"; "profane words" [syn:
             blasphemous, blue, profane]
      2: not concerned with or devoted to religion; "sacred and
         profane music"; "secular drama"; "secular architecture",
         "children being brought up in an entirely profane
         environment" [syn: profane, secular] [ant: sacred]
      3: not holy because unconsecrated or impure or defiled [syn:
         profane, unconsecrated, unsanctified]
      4: 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" [syn: blasphemous, profane,
      v 1: 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" [syn:
           corrupt, pervert, subvert, demoralize,
           demoralise, debauch, debase, profane, vitiate,
           deprave, misdirect]
      2: violate the sacred character of a place or language;
         "desecrate a cemetery"; "violate the sanctity of the church";
         "profane the name of God" [syn: desecrate, profane,
         outrage, violate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  149 Moby Thesaurus words for "profane":
     Fescennine, Philistine, Rabelaisian, abuse, abusive, apostate,
     atheistic, backsliding, bad, bawdy, befoul, blasphemous, blue,
     calumniatory, calumnious, carnal, carnal-minded, coarse,
     comminatory, commit sacrilege, common, contaminate, contemptuous,
     contumelious, convert, corrupt, cursing, damnatory, debase,
     defalcate, defile, defiled, degrade, denunciatory, desecrate,
     dirty, disbelieving, dishonor, disrespectful, divert, dysphemistic,
     earthly, earthy, embezzle, epithetic, ethnic, excommunicative,
     excommunicatory, execratory, fallen, fallen from grace, filthy,
     fleshly, foul, foul-mouthed, fulminatory, gentile, godless,
     heathen, idolatrous, immodest, impious, imprecatory, improper,
     impure, indecent, indecorous, indelicate, infidel, infidelic,
     iniquitous, irreligious, irreverent, lapsed, lay, low,
     maladminister, maledictory, material, materialistic, misapply,
     misappropriate, misemploy, mishandle, mismanage, misuse, mundane,
     nasty, naughty, nonsacred, obscene, off color, pagan, peculate,
     pervert, pilfer, pollute, profanatory, prostitute, raunchy, raw,
     recidivist, recidivistic, recreant, renegade, reprobate, ribald,
     risque, sacrilegious, scatologic, scurrile, scurrilous, secular,
     sinful, smutty, taboo, taint, temporal, terrestrial, the fleshly,
     the mundane, the profane, the secular, the temporal, the unholy,
     the worldly, tref, unbelieving, unblessed, unclean, uncouth,
     undutiful, ungodly, unhallowed, unholy, unmentionable, unprintable,
     unregenerate, unsacred, unsanctified, unspiritual, venomous, vile,
     violate, vitiate, vituperative, vulgar, wicked, worldly

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PROFANE. That which has not been consecrated. By a profane place is 
  understood one which is neither sacred, nor sanctified, nor religious. Dig. 
  11, 7, 2, 4. Vide Things. 

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