Definition of profanity in English:

profanity

Syllabification: pro·fan·i·ty
Pronunciation: /prəˈfanətē, prō-
 
 
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noun (plural profanities)

  • 1Blasphemous or obscene language: an outburst of profanity
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    • 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.’
    Synonyms
    oath, swear word, expletive, curse, obscenity, four-letter word, dirty word; blasphemy, swearing, foul language, bad language, cursing
    informal cuss, cuss word
    formal imprecation
    archaic execration
  • 1.1A swear word; an oath.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
    Synonyms

Origin

mid 16th century: from late Latin profanitas, from Latin profanus 'not sacred' (see profane).

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