Showing irreverence and contempt for something sacred
Not religious in subject matter, form, or use
Offensive to accepted standards of decency
To spoil or mar the sanctity of
On the way he falls among bad companions, forgets his convent language, and shocks the sisters on arrival by profane swearing.
There is no foundation for the legend that he expired with profane sarcasms upon his lips.
As regards profane history his materials were exceedingly defective.
It is, in fact, "a procedure whereby communication is established between the sacred and profane spheres by a victim, that is to say by an object destroyed in the course of the ceremony."
An illustration of this truth is furnished in profane history by the account which Thucydides has given us of the Peloponnesian War.