Profanity
Profanity Pro*fan"i*ty, n. [L. profanitas.] [1913 Webster] 1. The quality or state of being profane; profaneness; irreverence; esp., the use of profane language; blasphemy. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is profane; profane language or acts. [1913 Webster]

The brisk interchange of profanity and folly. --Buckminster. [1913 Webster]


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  • profanity — ► NOUN (pl. profanities) 1) profane language or behaviour. 2) an oath or swear word …   English terms dictionary

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  • Profanity — For the Wikipedia policy on profanity, see Wikipedia:Profanity. In cartoons, profanity is often depicted by substituting symbols ( grawlixes ) for words, as a form of non specific censorship. Profanity is a show of disrespect, or a desecration or …   Wikipedia

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  • profanity — [[t]prəfæ̱nɪti, AM proʊ [/t]] profanities 1) N UNCOUNT Profanity is an act that shows disrespect for a religion or religious beliefs. [FORMAL] To desecrate a holy spring is considered profanity. Syn: sacrilege 2) N COUNT: usu pl Profanities are… …   English dictionary

  • profanity — UK [prəˈfænətɪ] / US noun Word forms profanity : singular profanity plural profanities formal a) [countable/uncountable] a word or language that is offensive because it is rude, or shows a lack of respect for God or people s religious beliefs b)… …   English dictionary

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