Profanity

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Profanity

Irreverence towards sacred things; particularly, an irreverent or blasphemous use of the name of God. Vulgar, irreverent, or coarse language.

The use of certain profane or obscene language on the radio or television is a federal offense, but in other situations, profanity might fall within the protection of the constitutional guarantee of Freedom of Speech.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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'Then he kept saying all these profanities, which should never tolerated.'
Persons who utter such profanities are generally negatively evaluated by others (e.g., Simon & Greenberg, 1996), as the choice of profanities spoken affects the perception of the speaker.
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More specifically, many profanities appear to be associated with the psychology of disgust and contamination.
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While the 1980s movies averaged 35 instances of profanity per film, the figure dropped to 25 profanities per flick in the 1990s and again dropped to 16 instances a show in the 2000s.
That word crops up in many films, but there is no need whatsoever for TV celebrities or presenters to use profanities - they are just showing just how extremely ignorant and offensive they are.
15 denied the petition that opposed KLRT's license renewal, pointing out that, after initially finding the profanities indecent, it later changed its ruling so that though the indecency finding stood, it wasn't going to hold them against licensees come renewal time.
The unflinching descriptions of violent deaths in the war, as well as a few profanities, recommend this to more mature readers."
Towey, a former attorney for Mother Teresa, denounced "a culture that is hostile to the themes of God," citing gay marriage, abortion and radio shock lock Howard Stem's profanities as examples.
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