v. violate; put to improper, unworthy, or degrading use; abuse
The members of the mysterious Far Eastern cult sought to kill the British explorer because they saw him profane the sanctity of their holy goblet by using it as an ashtray. .
Sentence in Classic:
It was pleasant after that honour to return to the profane world of spectators amid nudges and significant looks.
For a week after the commission of the impious and profane offence of asking for more, Oliver remained a close prisoner in the dark and solitary room to which he had been consigned by the wisdom and mercy of the board.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens Context
Nor were they less careful to prevent any unhallowed layman from touching the pall, which, having been that used at the funeral of Saint Edmund, was liable to be desecrated, if handled by the profane.
To be buried in the vault under the altar of the chapel, not to go to profane earth; to remain there in death where she prayed while living; such was the last wish of Mother Crucifixion.
Les Misérables (V2) By Victor Hugo Context
On the books of profane music which entered the convent, amour (love) was replaced by tambour (drum) or pandour.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo Context
As if long habituated to such profane talk from his old shipmate, Bildad, without noticing his present irreverence, quietly looked up, and seeing me, glanced again inquiringly towards Peleg.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville Context
On each side of the choir and behind the gratings opening into the convent was assembled the whole community of the Carmelites, who listened to the divine service, and mingled their chant with the chant of the priests, without seeing the profane, or being seen by them.
THE THREE MUSKETEERS By Alexandre Dumas Context