- penetrating or entering deeply into subjects of thought or knowledge; having deep insight or understanding: a profound thinker.
- originating in or penetrating to the depths of one's being; profound grief.
- being or going far beneath what is superficial, external, or obvious: profound insight.
- of deep meaning; of great and broadly inclusive significance: a profound book.
- pervasive or intense; thorough; complete: a profound silence.
- extending, situated, or originating far down, or far beneath the surface: the profound depths of the ocean.
- low: a profound bow.
- something that is profound.
- the deep sea; ocean.
- depth; abyss.
Origin of profound
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Examples from the Web for profound
But throughout the series so far, its style has also had a profound story of its own to tell.What Downton’s Fashion Really Means
January 2, 2015
This does not seem like a profound bit of dramaturgy on my part, and he agrees with it.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
It might have been asking too much for Philip Roth to provide it, but the need was profound.American Dreams: How Bush Shaped Our Reading of Roth’s ‘The Plot Against America’
November 23, 2014
And I had something deep and profound to say about drug legalization too, but the bong went out.The GOP Senate: A New Utopia Dawns
P. J. O’Rourke
November 8, 2014
This has had a profound impact on our legal system in at least two very important respects.Who Controls the Senate Controls the Courts
Geoffrey R. Stone
November 2, 2014
There was profound conviction in the emphasis with which she spoke her warning.Within the Law
The world-shaking conceptions have always been won in profound experience.Understanding the Scriptures
Martin looked at her respectfully but with profound curiosity.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
He listened in a stillness of dread which resembled the immobility of profound attention.
The Personage on the hearthrug had been listening with profound attention.
- penetrating deeply into subjects or ideasa profound mind
- showing or requiring great knowledge or understandinga profound treatise
- situated at or extending to a great depth
- reaching to or stemming from the depths of one's natureprofound regret
- intense or absoluteprofound silence
- thoroughgoing; extensiveprofound changes
- archaic, or literary a great depth; abyss
Word Origin and History for profound
c.1300, "characterized by intellectual depth," from Old French profund (12c., Modern French profond), from Latin profundus "deep, bottomless, vast," also "obscure; profound; immoderate," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + fundus "bottom" (see fund (n.)). The literal and figurative senses both were in Latin, but English, having already deep, employed this word primarily in its figurative sense. Related: Profoundly.