Question by  Djoneechan (142)

What is the definition of profanity?

It seems profanity can take on several meanings, depending upon opinion. What is the true definition of the word?


Answer by  Taran (716)

1. not designed or used for religious purposes; secular 2. not initiated into the inner mysteries or sacred rites. "profane" and "profanity" has therefore come to describe a word, expression, gesture, or other social behavior which is socially constructed or interpreted as insulting, rude, vulgar, desecrating, or showing disrespect.


Answer by  diane23 (1167)

The root of the word comes from Latin, referring to "not belonging to the church". Generally, it refers to language considered rude, vulgar, abusive, or otherwise offensive to most people.

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