Definition of Profanity

1. Noun. Vulgar or irreverent speech or action.

Generic synonyms: Utterance, Vocalization
Specialized synonyms: Blasphemy, Dirty Word, Filth, Obscenity, Smut, Vulgarism, Curse, Curse Word, Cuss, Expletive, Oath, Swearing, Swearword
Derivative terms: Profane



Definition of Profanity

1. n. The quality or state of being profane; profaneness; irreverence; esp., the use of profane language; blasphemy.

Definition of Profanity

1. Noun. The quality of being profane. ¹

2. Noun. Obscene, lewd or abusive language. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Profanity

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Profanity

profamily
profanation
profanations
profanatory
profane
profaned
profanely
profaneness
profanenesses
profaner
profaners
profanes
profanest
profaning
profanities
profanity (current term)
profanity delay
profanity delays
profection
profectitious
profeminism
profeminist
profeminists
profer
proferens
proferred
proferring
profers
profert
proferts

Literary usage of Profanity

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1. A Treatise on the Constitutional Limitations which Rest Upon the Legislative by Thomas McIntyre Cooley, Alexis Caswell Angell (1890)
"Other forms of profanity, besides that of blasphemy, are also made punishable by ... The statutes for the punishment of public profanity require no further ..."

2. A Treatise on the Constitutional Limitations which Rest Upon the Legislative by Thomas McIntyre Cooley (1888)
"The statutes for the punishment of public profanity require no further justification than the natural impulses of every man who believes in a Supreme Being, ..."

3. A Practical Treatise on the Criminal Law of Scotland by John Hay Athole Macdonald (1877)
"profanity. profanity by cursing and swearing is never prosecuted now, except as part ... profanity by breaking the Sabbath day is seldom made the subject of ..."

4. A Treatise on the Constitutional Limitations which Rest Upon the Legislative by Thomas McIntyre Cooley (1878)
"The statutes for the punishment of public profanity require uo further justification than the natural impulses of every man who believes in a Supreme Being, ..."

5. A Treatise on the Constitutional Limitations which Rest Upon the Legislative by Thomas McIntyre Cooley (1874)
"Other forms of profanity, besides that of blasphemy, [*] are also made punishable by statutes in the several States. The cases these statutes take notice of ..."

6. Ruling Case Law as Developed and Established by the Decisions and by William Mark McKinney, Burdett Alberto Rich (1914)
"BLASPHEMY AND profanity 1. Scope of Article 2. Definition of Blasphemy 3. ... Defmition and Essential Elements of profanity 5. Statutory Provisions 6. ..."

7. The Theatre: An Essay Upon the Non-accordancy of Stage-plays with the by Josiah Woodward Leeds (1884)
"Accompanying this personation is the frequent profanity involved, ... profanity of simulated prayer. It must have been near the time that Clarkson was ..."

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