Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Great intellectual insight or understanding.
  • noun Intensity of feeling or conviction.
  • noun Something profound or abstruse.
  • noun Great extent downward; great depth.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character or condition of being profound; depth, as of place, of knowledge, of science, of feeling, etc.
  • noun That which is profound; depth; abyss.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being profound; depth of place, knowledge, feeling, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state of being profound or abstruse.
  • noun A great depth.
  • noun Deep intellect or insight.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the quality of being physically deep
  • noun the intellectual ability to penetrate deeply into ideas
  • noun wisdom that is recondite and abstruse and profound
  • noun intellectual depth; penetrating knowledge; keen insight; etc

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English profundite, from Old French, from Late Latin profunditās, from Latin profundus, deep; see profound.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin profunditās. Compare profoundness.

Examples

  • 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."

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  • To a person with a more objective stance, of course, the profundity is easily recognized.

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  • To a person with a more objective stance, of course, the profundity is easily recognized.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    A Reader's Manifesto

  • 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.

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  • What do you get when you combine Josh Groban's multi-platinum vocals with the "profundity" of Kanye West's Twitter feed?

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    Julie Gray: Hollywood Needs a Revolution!

  • 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.

    Julie Gray: Hollywood Needs a Revolution!

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