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profound

[pruh-found]
adjective, pro·found·er, pro·found·est.
  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.
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noun Literary.
  1. something that is profound.
  2. the deep sea; ocean.
  3. depth; abyss.
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Origin of profound

1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin profundus deep, vast, equivalent to pro- pro-1 + fundus bottom (see found2)
Related formspro·found·ly, adverbpro·found·ness, nounun·pro·found, adjectiveun·pro·found·ly, adverb

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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


British Dictionary definitions for profounder

profound

adjective
  1. penetrating deeply into subjects or ideasa profound mind
  2. showing or requiring great knowledge or understandinga profound treatise
  3. situated at or extending to a great depth
  4. reaching to or stemming from the depths of one's natureprofound regret
  5. intense or absoluteprofound silence
  6. thoroughgoing; extensiveprofound changes
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noun
  1. archaic, or literary a great depth; abyss
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Derived Formsprofoundly, adverbprofoundness or 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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