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profundity Line breaks: pro¦fund|ity
Pronunciation: /prəˈfʌndəti/

Definition of profundity in English:

noun (plural profundities)

[mass noun]
1Great depth of insight or knowledge: the simplicity and profundity of the message
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  • Novelty is not synonymous with depth and profundity of insight.
  • The anxiety that hovers over Parry is the extent of his musical profundity and insight.
  • We were truly impressed with his knowledge and profundity.
1.1Great depth or intensity of a state, quality, or emotion: the profundity of her misery
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  • There are moments of great emotional profundity in the film, but they're compounded by the filmmakers' reluctance to go the extra mile and put their feelings on the screen.
  • The moments of emotional profundity here are golden and will suffice.
  • It locates the sources of poetic excellence in the profundity of the writer's emotions and the seriousness of his thought.
intensity, depth, extremity, severity, keenness, profoundness, strength
1.2 [count noun] A statement or idea that shows great knowledge or insight: such well-articulated profundities as ‘You’re some kinda woman.’
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  • Time's article, on the other hand, didn't ponder such profundities of belief.
  • The moments of brilliance and detached profundities are engulfed by too many false starts and half-baked ideas.
  • Song lyrics don't exactly overflow with profundities.

Words that rhyme with profundity

fecundity, jocundity, moribundity, rotundity, rubicundity

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