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

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Eventually, Popov came to a simple and profound conclusion. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona ties helped Sophia Popov pull off one of golf's greatest upsets," 5 Sep. 2020 That is the simple yet profound message of two Cup’ik friends, both named Cody, whose comedic work showcasing Alaska Native culture have gone viral across the state. Anchorage Daily News, "Healing through laughter: These friends uplift with viral videos showcasing Cup’ik culture," 2 Sep. 2020 Each of these options has profound—and, to some physicists, distinctly distasteful—implications. Zeeya Merali, Scientific American, "This Twist on Schrödinger’s Cat Paradox Has Major Implications for Quantum Theory," 17 Aug. 2020 The startling starting point makes the destination of Johnston inspiring and profound. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Iranian-American wrestling trailblazer Afsoon Johnston’s journey astounds," 14 Aug. 2020 His contributions have permeated so many aspects of the arts landscape in Dallas over the past three decades in ways that will continue to have a permanent and profound impact. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Dallas’ Rick Brettell, a critic, museum director and UTD rainmaker extraordinaire, dies at 71," 25 July 2020 The coronavirus has caused a reckoning here, one of the most profound the country has undergone since World War II. Rachel Donadio, The New York Review of Books, "France: After Lockdown, the Street," 24 June 2020 To engage in this explicit and powerful vocal expression, their voices echoing toward the horizon, claiming space, affects them in a very profound way. Jennie Tiderman-Österberg, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Sweden’s Ancient Tradition of Calling Home the Herds Is Women’s Work," 28 Sep. 2020 Cathy Ang, who voices Fei Fei, said that playing a character who shares her heritage was a similarly profound experience for her. NBC News, "'Over the Moon' producer on why Asian representation is in the details," 28 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of profound was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Profound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/profound. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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profound

adjective
How to pronounce profound (audio)

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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