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profane

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

see SACRED AND PROFANE.
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"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."
The act of Astok, Prince of Dusar, was profanation. There was no terror in the eyes of Thuvia of Ptarth--only horror for the thing the man had done and for its possible consequences.
"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.
"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.
``Nay, we will have no profanation, mad Priest,'' said Locksley; ``let us rather hear where you found this prisoner of thine.''
Even if I could do it, it would be profanation for me to play at being in love.
Of those teenagers who urinated into the holy water font of the church at Villeneuve de Berg in Ardeche?" the Paris daily Le Figaro asked March 28 in an article highlighting some of the lesser-known profanations around the country.
Giorgio Agamben develops Benjamin's thesis further in his Profanations. Like Eliade, Agamben identifies the sacred as that which introduces a split between the human and the divine spheres.
"All religions are concerned by these profanations," he warned, adding that "the number of profanations of tombs has increased by 40 percent since 2008.
As we believe in the Real Presence of our Lord, spiritually, and physically, in every minuscule particle of the Holy Host, my wife and I have been receiving communion on the tongue for several years, as we both witnessed gross disrespect for our Lord and possibly grave profanations. For example, a lady, back in her pew, not knowing what to do, endeavouring to put the host in her handbag, only stopped when noticing her "husband" eating it, ate it too; in another incident, a young girl, putting the host in her sock, was intercepted by my wife and prevented from leaving; a third one of many more, I myself had to run in the street after an adolescent boy who had the host in his pocket.
[beaucoup moins que] Des procedures ont ete deja entamees afin d'alerter les pays arabes et l'Unesco sur les profanations et la destruction de vestiges et de richesses archeologiques dans certains pays arabes ayant connu ou connaissant encore des troubles [beaucoup plus grand que], a-t-il ajoute.