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Profane, adj. 1) not sacred, not holy: “in shape p.” Wiv. IV, 4, 60. “our p. hours,” R2 V, 1, 25.
2) irreverent: “lest I, too much p., should do it wrong,” Sonn. 89, 11. “p. coxcomb,” LLL IV, 3, 84. “that word grace in an ungracious mouth is but p.” R2 II, 3, 89. == gross in language, coarse-tongued: “so old and so p.” H4B V, 5, 54. “what p. wretch art thou?” Oth. I, 1, 115. “a most p. and liberal counsellor,” II, 1, 165. “p. fellow,” Cymb. II, 3, 129.
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