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profundity

[pruh-fuhn-di-tee] /prəˈfʌn dɪ ti/
noun, plural profundities for 2, 3.
1.
the quality or state of being profound; depth.
2.
Usually, profundities. profound or deep matters.
3.
a profoundly deep place; abyss.
Origin of profundity
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English profundite < Late Latin profunditās. See profound, -ity
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  • And even as it rose its power was dashed again in the profundity of her suffering.

  • Little by little Charles-Norton sank into a profundity of well-being.

    The Trimming of Goosie James Hopper
  • The capacity of a people for profundity is not profundity, either of the individual or of the community.

    The New Society Walther Rathenau
  • profundity is often supposed to be obscurity, but the deepest depth is clear.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture

    Alexander Maclaren
  • She paused again, to be sure of doing justice to Cecil's profundity.

    A Room With A View E. M. Forster
  • What she read amazed her with its profundity and amused her with its inconclusiveness.

    Moor Fires

    E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  • No ray of light penetrated into the profundity of the cavern.

    The Secret of the Island W.H.G. Kingston (translation from Jules Verne)
Word Origin and History for profundity
n.

early 15c., "bottom of the sea," from Old French profundite (Modern French profondité) and directly from Late Latin profunditatem (nominative profunditas) "depth, intensity, immensity," from profundus "deep, vast" (see profound). Meaning "depth of intellect" in English is from c.1500.

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