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


Middle English profundite, from Old French, from Late Latin profunditās, from Latin profundus, deep; see profound.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin profunditās. Compare profoundness. (Wiktionary)



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