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profane

1. not designed or used for religious purposes; secular
2. not initiated into the inner mysteries or sacred rites

profane

see SACRED AND PROFANE.
References in classic literature ?
"It is profanation in the eyes of the Lord," retorted the old man, "to liken the works of his creatur's, to the power of his own hand."
Even if I could do it, it would be profanation for me to play at being in love.
"Believe me, the thing which your husband's brother has proposed to you to do is a sacrilege and a profanation. I own to you freely that I look on what I have done toward thwarting your relative in this matter as an act of virtue.
We had a rubber at whist, a mere profanation, so far as play was concerned, of that noble game.
``Nay, we will have no profanation, mad Priest,'' said Locksley; ``let us rather hear where you found this prisoner of thine.''
"I suppose it would be profanation to eat anything in this spick-and-span bower, so as I'm tremendously hungry, I propose an adjournment," he added presently.
It was then that you took body in my imagination and that my mind seized on a definite form of you for all its adorations - for its profanations, too.
She pretends to notice her father's portrait for the first time, her vice giving rise to sadistic impulses that redouble the pleasure of it: This photograph was, of course, in common use in their ritual observances, was subjected to daffy profanation, for the friend replied in words which were evidently a liturgical response: "Let him stay there.
Nevertheless, it is a sign of Ireland's enlightened tolerance that such a dramatic profanation of nationalism can be accepted and highly praised as a tragicomic revision of Irish history.
Bush's ''State of the Union'' address, calling it unbearable profanation.
In Totality and Infinity Levinas seems to exclude justice from the feminine since it is relegated to the domestic sphere, or further still, to the abyss of sexual profanation which isn't revealed to the eyes of any third party.
Thus, for example, his account of the affair of the Herms and the profanation of the Mysteries (pp.