noun (plural profanities)
- 1Blasphemous or obscene language: an outburst of profanityMore example sentences
- Janis Joplin is fined $200 for violating local profanity and obscenity laws for her performance after a concert in Tampa, Florida.
- The atmosphere of the billiard room, it was suggested in South Shields, was also conducive to profanity and bad language.
- Zora raises her hand: ‘Never use profanity or inappropriate language.’
- 1.1A swear word; an oath.More example sentences
- I didn't notice him until he ejected a stream of swear words and profanities when we were told to leave the train and wait on platform three.
- Looking over my shoulder, it was alarming to see 20 people in black charging through gravestones, mouthing profanities.
- His mumbled curses and profanities were becoming more and more apparent.
- 1.2Irreligious or irreverent behavior.More example sentences
- Others, touching on areas that range from elements of sexuality, to the treatment of the dead and dying, to bodily indignity and even profanity and sacrilege, are of course more controversial.
- Despite gospel-centred ministries, and various societies dedicated to moral reform, homosexuality, profanity, immorality, drunkenness and gluttony were widespread.
- Not by abandoning all to profanity, but by extending the reach of sacred time and space.
mid 16th century: from late Latin profanitas, from Latin profanus 'not sacred' (see profane).