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profound

[pruh-found] /prəˈfaʊnd/
adjective, profounder, profoundest.
1.
penetrating or entering deeply into subjects of thought or knowledge; having deep insight or understanding:
a profound thinker.
2.
originating in or penetrating to the depths of one's being; profound grief.
3.
being or going far beneath what is superficial, external, or obvious:
profound insight.
4.
of deep meaning; of great and broadly inclusive significance:
a profound book.
5.
pervasive or intense; thorough; complete:
a profound silence.
6.
extending, situated, or originating far down, or far beneath the surface:
the profound depths of the ocean.
7.
low:
a profound bow.
noun, Literary.
8.
something that is profound.
9.
the deep sea; ocean.
10.
depth; abyss.
Origin of profound
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin profundus deep, vast, equivalent to pro- pro-1 + fundus bottom (see found2)
Related forms
profoundly, adverb
profoundness, noun
unprofound, adjective
unprofoundly, adverb
Synonyms
1. deep, sagacious.
Antonyms
1. shallow, superficial.
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Examples from the Web for profounder
Historical Examples
  • It had other, profounder consequences from the evolutionary point of view.

    Socialism John Spargo
  • He only can receive who already hath—there is no profounder axiom.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Law undertakes the profounder task of comparing "line by line."

  • The fear that beset him was of another kind, and had a profounder source.

    The Reef Edith Wharton
  • But this morning her face showed signs of a profounder agitation.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair
  • All conditions are impermanent, and so, in the profounder sense, unreal.

  • There was given him a keener and profounder insight into their hearts.

    Robert Annys: Poor Priest Annie Nathan Meyer
  • No writer has shown a profounder reverence for human affection.

    The Roman Poets of the Republic William Young Sellar
  • Never was there in his life a moment of profounder humility.

    Red Fleece Will Levington Comfort
  • In a new and profounder sense, "all is vanity and vexation of spirit."

British Dictionary definitions for profounder

profound

/prəˈfaʊnd/
adjective
1.
penetrating deeply into subjects or ideas: a profound mind
2.
showing or requiring great knowledge or understanding: a profound treatise
3.
situated at or extending to a great depth
4.
reaching to or stemming from the depths of one's nature: profound regret
5.
intense or absolute: profound silence
6.
thoroughgoing; extensive: profound changes
noun
7.
(archaic or literary) a great depth; abyss
Derived Forms
profoundly, adverb
profoundness, profundity (prəˈfʌndɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French profund, from Latin profundus deep, from pro-1 + fundus bottom
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Word Origin and History for profounder

profound

adj.

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.

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