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Profanation


PROFANA'TION, noun [Latin profano. See Profane.]

1. The act of violating sacred things, or of treating them with contempt or irreverence; as the profanation of the sabbath by sports, amusements or unnecessary labor; the profanation of a sanctuary; the profanation of the name of God by swearing, jesting, etc.

2. The act of treating with abuse or disrespect.

'Twere profanation of our joys

To tell the laity our love.