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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PROFANED

The word has too often been profaned, and the sentiment too often a make-believe.

Her argument is not the sentimental one so often profaned in our midst.

It profaned his holy of holies, and left it bare to sacrilege.

You profaned the church, that Bulgarian church where I took my first communion.

Slaves and free do not intermarry, lest marriage be profaned.

She glared at him with tragic eyes—he might have profaned an altar.

Shall even the sanctuary be profaned by this polluting intruder?

And, to her, the Hill of the Muses was like some holy place that had been profaned.

The daughter of a priest who profaned herself was to be burnt to death.

Discord had stolen upon their councils and blood had profaned their shrine.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., from Old French profaner, prophaner (13c.) and directly from Latin profanare "to desecrate, render unholy, violate," from profanus "unholy, not consecrated" (see profane (adj.)). Related: Profaned; profaning.

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