Profanity is ?the quality or state of being profane? (see sacred-profane dichotomy). It can also relate to using profane language, or desecration or disrespect toward an object of religious veneration.? Definition of Profane?, emphasis on original, Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, retrieved on June 5th, 2007. It can be a word, expression, gesture, or other social behavior which is socially constructed or interpreted as insulting, rude, or vulgar.Other words commonly used to describe profane language or its use include: cuss, curse, derogatory language, swearing, expletive, oath, bad word, dirty word, strong language, irreverent language, obscene language, and blasphemous language. In many cultures, it is less absurd for an adult to curse than it is for a child, who may get reprimanded for cursing.
A profanity will have an original meaning (which may change across time and language) which in itself may give some cause for offense. Additionally, many profanities will have appl