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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Profane
 
means literally before the temple (Latin, pro fanum). Those persons who came to the temple and were not initiated were called profane by the Romans.   1
 


 Prodigy.Pro’file (2 syl.) 

 
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