from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Great depth.
- n. Depth of intellect, feeling, or meaning.
- n. Something profound or abstruse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being profound or abstruse.
- n. A great depth.
- n. Deep intellect or insight.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being profound; depth of place, knowledge, feeling, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character or condition of being profound; depth, as of place, of knowledge, of science, of feeling, etc.
- n. That which is profound; depth; abyss.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of being physically deep
- n. the intellectual ability to penetrate deeply into ideas
- n. wisdom that is recondite and abstruse and profound
- n. intellectual depth; penetrating knowledge; keen insight; etc
Well, I like to juxtapose that with the gaga-profundity from the Matrix, where the little Buddha-nature kid bending the spoons with mind power says to Neo, "There is no spoon."
To a person with a more objective stance, of course, the profundity is easily recognized.
Another source of spurious profundity is DeLillo's constant allusions to momentous feelings and portents — allusions that are either left hanging in the air or are conveniently cut short by a narrative pretext.
Davidson’s lovers are dysfunctional and quirky, qualities that can look a bit like profundity from a distance, but they don’t have emotional or imaginative depth or range, which at the end of the day are the only things that can make a love story deep and wide-ranging.
And five minutes (the ending, really) of banging the audience over the head with said 'profundity' is, at best, lame and does not excuse the fact The Hurt Locker's action 'procedurals' are inaccurate.
What do you get when you combine Josh Groban's multi-platinum vocals with the "profundity" of Kanye West's Twitter feed?
When huge corporations for which entertainment is only one slice of the pie chart at the annual meeting are deciding what's at the multiplex, a little part of the glorious medium of film and its capacity to deliver profundity, meaning and pure fun dies a horrible death.
"originality" and "profundity" -- since he is unable to cite a single passage in which I ever used such expressions of myself -- was probably suggested to him by the "Press Notices of 'Scientific Theism,'" printed as a publishers 'advertisement of my former book at the end of the book which lay before him.
With Coward, with the age of the entertainer, artifice became another aspect of the world, became, in many respects, the world: de-luxe gossip, journalistic "profundity," scandal.
It is this mental profundity which is the main thing to remember about the Duke of Devonshire.
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