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profound

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Pronunciation: /prəˈfaʊnd
 
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Definition of profound in English:

adjective (profounder, profoundest)

1(Of a state, quality, or emotion) very great or intense: profound feelings of disquiet the implications of this discovery are profound
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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.
Synonyms
heartfelt, intense, keen, great, very great, extreme, sincere, earnest, deep, deepest, deeply felt, wholehearted, acute, overpowering, overwhelming, deep-seated, deep-rooted, fervent, ardent
1.1(Of a disease or disability) very severe: 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.
Synonyms
wise, learned, clever, intelligent, with/showing great knowledge, knowledgeable, intellectual, scholarly, sage, sagacious, erudite, discerning, penetrating, perceptive, astute, thoughtful, full of insight, insightful, percipient, perspicacious, philosophical, deep
rare sapient
2.1(Of a subject or idea) 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.
Synonyms
complex, abstract, deep, weighty, serious, difficult;
abstruse, recondite, esoteric, metaphysical, impenetrable, unfathomable, mysterious, obscure, dark
3 archaic Very deep: profound crevasses

noun

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1The deepest part of something, especially the ocean: nor billowy surge disturbs the vast profound
1.1Profound quality: her work is an often eerie mix of the banal and the profound
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  • He was indeed capable of the profound and the banal.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French profund, from Latin profundus 'deep', from Latin pro 'before' + fundus 'bottom'. The word was used earliest in the sense 'showing deep insight'.

Derivatives

profoundness

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noun
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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