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- prophanity (hypercorrect, obsolete)
- (uncountable) The quality of being profane.
His profanity left the entire audience in shock.
- (countable) Obscene, lewd or abusive language.
2013 June 14, Sam Leith, “Where the profound meets the profane”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 1, page 37:
- Swearing doesn't just mean what we now understand by "dirty words". It is entwined, in social and linguistic history, with the other sort of swearing: vows and oaths. Consider for a moment the origins of almost any word we have for bad language – "profanity", "curses", "oaths" and "swearing" itself.
He ran up and down the street screaming profanities like a madman.
quality of being profane
obscene, lewd or abusive language