adjective (profounder, profoundest)
- 1(Of a state, quality, or emotion) very great or intense: profound social changes profound feelings of disquietMore example sentences
- For these women and for hundreds of other men and women who have experienced tremendous loss, the past year has piled myriad emotions on top of profound sadness.
- Then she was lying in bed at night trying to come to terms with this new and unwelcome emotion: profound sadness.
- There is a profound fear of empowering consumers to share media in a self-organizing way on a mass scale.
- 1.1(Of a disease or disability) very severe; deep-seated: a case of profound liver failureMore example sentences
- In sum, Singer calls for a radical reassessment of what to do with children born with severe and profound disabilities.
- He suffered permanent brain damage and profound disability.
- He developed exchange transfusion for the management of pregnant women with profound anaemia and cardiac failure.
- 2(Of a person or statement) having or showing great knowledge or insight: a profound philosopherMore example sentences
- One thing that keeps people in the cycle of rumination is a sense that they're incredibly profound and gaining tremendous insight.
- You have someone who was illiterate making profound pronouncements and statements which are amazingly accurate about scientific nature.
- Chief Seattle's reply has been described as the most beautiful and profound statement on the environment ever made.
- 2.1(Of a subject or thought) demanding deep study or thought: expressing profound truths in simple languageMore example sentences
- This is very difficult as there are many more intelligent people who have had many more profound thoughts on the subject than I have.
- Appearing on the second tablet, laws six through ten can be understood as teaching a profound idea if we study them in reverse order, from bottom to top.
- Therefore there is time to think deep, profound thoughts.
noun(the profound) • literary Back to top
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- You can appreciate and understand its profoundness only by visiting it once.
- The sea unquestionably remains a place of endless mystery and fascination, as it has been since the first humans stood on its shore and tried to grasp its profoundness.
- I nod in affirmation, holding my breath, expecting the world to wobble off of its axis for a second because of the profoundness of what I have just admitted.
Middle English: from Old French profund, from Latin profundus 'deep', from pro 'before' + fundus 'bottom'. The word was used earliest in the sense 'showing deep insight'.