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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.


noun billingsgate, blasphemy, cursing, denunciation, derisive language, desecration, disrespect, execration, foul language, foul talk, invective, malediction, obloquy, profanation, profane language, profaneness, swearing, vilification, vituperation, vulgarity
Associated concepts: censorship, obscenity
See also: imprecation
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The international team of researchers asked the participants to list their favourite swear words and to "self-report" their everyday use of profanity.
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Adams, a linguistic historian at Indiana University Bloomington, rejects the idea that profanity is inherent in certain words.
Profanity often plays by its own grammatical rules, the author explains.
Profanity is the misuse of God's name in a way considered offensive by Him.
Perceived offensiveness is affected by mere exposure to profanity (Kaye & Sapolsky, 2004), the profanity spoken (Jay, 2009), the gender (Selnow, 1985) and ethnicity of the speaker and perceiver (Popp, Donovan, Crawford, Marsh, & Peele, 2003), as well as the context in which profanities are spoken (Johnson & Lewis, 2010).
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Even highly offensive material, including profanity, is fully protected under the First Amendment.
The 39-year-old star has three daughters to take care of and he insisted on no profanity for all the members of his household.
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Curse all you want, but private employers like financial giant Goldman Sachs have the right to ban profanity from e-mails and text messages sent over company-owned equipment and networks, according to attorneys who specialize in employment law.