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profundity

[pruh-fuhn-di-tee]
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noun, plural pro·fun·di·ties 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.
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Origin of profundity

1375–1425; late Middle English profundite < Late Latin profunditās. See profound, -ity
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Historical Examples

  • 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 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.

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

    A Room With A View

    E. M. Forster


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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