- 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
Related Wordsthorough, philosophical, deep, serious, subtle, intelligent, weighty, acute, great, heartfelt, far-reaching, deep-seated, abject, utter, extensive, absolute, sincere, extreme, abstruse, difficult
Examples from the Web for profounder
It had other, profounder consequences from the evolutionary point of view.Socialism
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."Natural Law in the Spiritual World
The fear that beset him was of another kind, and had a profounder source.The Reef
But this morning her face showed signs of a profounder agitation.The Creators
- 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 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.