1. [syn: profanation, desecration, blasphemy, sacrilege]
2. degradation of something worthy of respect; cheapening;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Profanation \Prof`a*na"tion\, n. [L. profanatio: cf. F.
profanation. See Profane, v. t.]
1. The act of violating sacred things, or of treating them
with contempt or irreverence; irreverent or too familiar
treatment or use of what is sacred; desecration; as, the
profanation of the Sabbath; the profanation of a
sanctuary; the profanation of the name of God.
2. The act of treating with abuse or disrespect, or with
undue publicity, or lack of delicacy.
'T were profanation of our joys
To tell the laity our love. --Donne.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its
sacred character; "desecration of the Holy Sabbath" [syn:
profanation, desecration, blasphemy, sacrilege]
2: degradation of something worthy of respect; cheapening
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
48 Moby Thesaurus words for "profanation":
abomination, abuse, abuse of office, atrocity, befoulment,
blasphemousness, blasphemy, conversion, corrupt administration,
debasement, defalcation, defilement, desecration, disgrace,
diversion, embezzlement, fouling, ignominy, impiety, infamy,
maladministration, malfeasance, malpractice, malversation,
misapplication, misappropriation, misconduct, misemployment,
misfeasance, mishandling, mismanagement, misusage, misuse,
peculation, perversion, pilfering, pity, pollution,
poor stewardship, profaneness, profanity, prostitution, sacrilege,
sacrilegiousness, scandal, shame, terrible thing, violation