[ pruh-found, proh‐ ]
/ prəˈfaʊnd, proʊ‐ /
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adjective, pro·found·er, pro·found·est.
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.
OTHER WORDS FOR profound
OPPOSITES FOR profound
1 shallow, superficial.
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Origin of profound
OTHER WORDS FROM profoundpro·found·ly, adverbpro·found·ness, nounun·pro·found, adjective
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How to use profound in a sentence
Once a footfall passed the gate, and she shrank back into her corner; but the steps died away and left a profounder quiet.Summer|Edith Wharton
Art still profounder was perhaps shown in the configuration of the nose.
No man alive held the stale old adage of “Beauty when unadorned,” etc., in profounder scorn.Sword and Gown|George A. Lawrence
It is rather the profounder advantage whereby the rhymes are freighted with such feeling as the very language keeps in store.Ceres' Runaway|Alice Meynell
No note from the horn of an automobile broke forth in answer; there was only a profounder stillness."Persons Unknown"|Virginia Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for profound
/ (prəˈfaʊnd) /
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 forms of profoundprofoundly, 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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