- 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 profoundness
As they drew near the Point, they were struck with the profoundness of its quiet.Murder Point
I declare, the profoundness, the ingeniousness, and the boldness of your successful answers filled me with amazement!Solaris Farm
Milan C. Edson
Profoundness in their apprehension and glorifying of everyday things (fire, agriculture).We Philologists, Volume 8 (of 18)
His view only differs from the summary before us in the power of its eloquence and the profoundness of its psychologic insight.The Expositor's Bible
F. W. Farrar
We may acquire languages; we may devote ourselves to arts; we may give ourselves up to the profoundness of science.Thoughts on Man
- 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 profoundness
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.