profound

adjective
pro·​found | \ prə-ˈfau̇nd How to pronounce profound (audio) , prō-\

Definition of profound

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : having intellectual depth and insight
b : difficult to fathom or understand
2a : extending far below the surface
b : coming from, reaching to, or situated at a depth : deep-seated a profound sigh
3a : characterized by intensity of feeling or quality
b : all encompassing : complete profound sleep profound deafness

profound

noun
pro·​found | \ prə-ˈfau̇nd How to pronounce profound (audio) , prō-\

Definition of profound (Entry 2 of 2)

archaic
: something that is very deep specifically : the depths of the sea

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Other Words from profound

Adjective

profoundly \ prə-​ˈfau̇n(d)-​lē How to pronounce profoundly (audio) , prō-​ \ adverb
profoundness \ prə-​ˈfau̇n(d)-​nəs How to pronounce profoundness (audio) , prō-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for profound

Synonyms: Adjective

abstruse, arcane, deep, esoteric, hermetic (also hermetical), recondite

Antonyms: Adjective

shallow, superficial

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Examples of profound in a Sentence

Adjective

Here, for the first time, a journalist gains access to the archive of one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history. Its contents, as much literature as science, offer profound insight into the human condition—and into the brilliant, complex mind of the study's longtime director, George Vaillant. — Joshua Wolf Shenk, Atlantic, June 2009 This isn't escapism, or denial of grief; it is acceptance of the facts of life, the map of profound relationship to the grief that is part of life … — Tom Piazza, Why New Orleans Matters, 2005 The status of women, though probably the most profound single difference between the two civilizations, attracted far less attention than such matters as guns, factories and parliaments. — Bernard Lewis, What Went Wrong?, 2002 Despite all the respect, it was hard not to feel a twinge of schadenfreude at O'Hara's fall from esteem, which had caused him profound bitterness. — Kingsley Amis, Memoirs, 1991 His knowledge of history is profound. Her books offer profound insights into the true nature of courage. the profound mysteries of outer space a profound sense of loss His paintings have had a profound effect on her own work.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Where the print object is too rare or fragile to be seen in person, in such detail, the effect is profound. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, "Reader, I Googled It," 26 Aug. 2019 The direction of travel with climate change is very profound. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, "Ancient tropical plants produce cones in UK for first time on record," 22 Aug. 2019 Its consistency and efficiency, famously celebrated in a 2012 essay by Atul Gawande, is borderline profound. Los Angeles Times, "Review: The Cheesecake Factory is the restaurant America wants, deserves," 20 Aug. 2019 The effect the raids will have on their long-term mental and emotional health is profound. Tim Craig, Washington Post, "U.S. defends secretive Mississippi ICE raids as local, state officials decry effect on children," 9 Aug. 2019 The consequences of cheap, widespread fakery are likely to be profound, albeit slow to unfold. The Economist, "What is a deepfake?," 7 Aug. 2019 Underneath the shiny veneer and tight corporate control of K-pop, profound pain and abuse can boil over. Los Angeles Times, "At KCON L.A., frank talk about mental health amid the ear-splitting meet-and-greets," 16 Aug. 2019 Widen the scope and Zaidi has profound respect for people such as Dubon who must adapt to a different country and culture at a young age. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ Mauricio Dubon beat Honduras’ odds: ‘Whole life changed in four days’," 16 Aug. 2019 Fear of medical error creates profound anxiety in the untrained caregiver. Bobby Antalek, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Bay Area caregivers will become casualties without needed support," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of profound

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1621, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for profound

Adjective and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French parfunt, profond deep, from Latin profundus, from pro- before + fundus bottom — more at pro-, bottom

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profound

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of profound

: having or showing great knowledge or understanding
: difficult to understand : requiring deep thought or wisdom
: very strongly felt

profound

adjective
pro·​found | \ prə-ˈfau̇nd How to pronounce profound (audio) \

Kids Definition of profound

1 : having or showing great knowledge and understanding a profound thinker
2 : very deeply felt profound sorrow

Other Words from profound

profoundly adverb

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