adjective, pro·found·er, pro·found·est.

noun Literary.

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

Synonyms for profound

Antonyms for profound Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for profounder

Historical Examples of profounder

  • It had other, profounder consequences from the evolutionary point of view.


    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



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
Derived Formsprofoundly, adverbprofoundness or profundity (prəˈfʌndɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for profound

C14: from Old French profund, from Latin profundus deep, from pro- 1 + fundus bottom
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Word Origin and History for profounder



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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