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de profundis

[dey proh-foo n-dis] /deɪ proʊˈfʊn dɪs/
out of the depths (of sorrow, despair, etc.). Unabridged
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  • No one can read "de profundis" with its rhythmic repetitions of phrase without realising this in an extraordinary degree.

    Oscar Wilde Leonard Cresswell Ingleby
  • He fancied that he could hear the murmurs of the de profundis.

  • The Chapter was then concluded with the de profundis and a prayer for the souls of all departed brethren and benefactors.

    English Monastic Life Abbot Gasquet
  • Abbe Mouret was just concluding the de profundis in front of Albine's grave.

  • His own private band of musicians played a "de profundis" of his own composition to waft his soul on its long journey.

    Royal Palaces and Parks of France Milburg Francisco Mansfield
  • Nine days without a play, and on the tenth we get a de profundis—What?

  • Since she has died for loving him too well, he wishes to say a de profundis.

  • And the boy in exedsis, and de profundis too, is a message-boy.

  • Listening on the stair without, soldier and priest nodded to each other at the sound of the "de profundis clamavi ad te."

    The Hill of Venus Nathan Gallizier
  • Much will have to be said on this point when the criticism of "de profundis" is reached.

    Oscar Wilde Leonard Cresswell Ingleby
British Dictionary definitions for de profundis

de profundis

/deɪ prɒˈfʊndɪs/
out of the depths of misery or dejection
Word Origin
from the first words of Psalm 130
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for de profundis

the 130th Psalm, so called for its opening words, Latin, literally "out of the depths."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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