- 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
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Examples from the Web for profoundly
Binding the resolution of my case to progress in the nuclear negotiations is profoundly unjust.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike
December 18, 2014
Only now, when we were able to talk frankly and at length, did I come to realize how profoundly it had affected him.Ted Hughes’s Brother on Losing Sylvia Plath
December 2, 2014
They profoundly question whether these programs will be available to them when they become eligible.
The Republican base is profoundly larger than it was in 1964.
New York is profoundly weak in engineering talent (PDF)—ranking 78th out of 85 metropolitan areas in engineers per capita.Battle of the Upstarts: Houston vs. San Francisco Bay
October 5, 2014
Wilson's voice showed that he was more than incredulous; he was profoundly moved.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The attitude in which he rested his menaced eyes was profoundly meditative.The Secret Agent
I was not profoundly convinced that this was a safe risk for me to take.Southern Lights and Shadows
The building was profoundly dark, and none were moving near it save themselves.Barnaby Rudge
Never before had she felt so profoundly the puissance of her sex.
- 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 profoundly
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.