—adj. 1. characterized by irreverence or contempt for God or sacred principles or things; irreligious.
2. not devoted to holy or religious purposes; unconsecrated; secular (opposed to sacred).
3. unholy; heathen; pagan: profane rites. 4. not initiated into religious rites or mysteries, as persons.
5. common or vulgar.
—v.t. 1. to misuse (anything that should be held in reverence or respect); defile; debase; employ basely or unworthily.
2. to treat (anything sacred) with irreverence or contempt; violate the sanctity of: to profane a shrine.