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Syllabification: pro·found
Pronunciation: /prəˈfound/

Definition of profound in English:

adjective (profounder, profoundest)

1(Of a state, quality, or emotion) very great or intense: profound social changes profound feelings of disquiet
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  • 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.
heartfelt, intense, keen, great, extreme, acute, severe, sincere, earnest, deep, deep-seated, overpowering, overwhelming, fervent, ardent
far-reaching, radical, extensive, sweeping, exhaustive, thoroughgoing
1.1(Of a disease or disability) very severe; deep-seated: a case of profound liver failure
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  • 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 philosopher
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  • 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.
rare sapient
2.1(Of a subject or thought) demanding deep study or thought: expressing profound truths in simple language
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  • 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.
complex, abstract, deep, weighty, difficult, abstruse, recondite, esoteric
3 archaic At, from, or extending to a great depth; very deep: he opened the door with a profound bow


(the profound) literary Back to top  
The vast depth of the ocean or of the mind.


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'.



Example sentences
  • 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.

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