pro·​fun·​di·​ty | \ prə-ˈfən-də-tē How to pronounce profundity (audio) \
plural profundities

Definition of profundity

1a : intellectual depth
b : something profound or abstruse
2 : the quality or state of being profound or deep

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Synonyms for profundity


deepness, depth, profoundness

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Examples of profundity in a Sentence

the profundity of his thoughts Her books are a mixture of playfulness and profundity. the depth and profundity of her feelings
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Still, like most of the cast, he isn’t given much to do except wander in and out of Theo’s life, ruminating on the profundity of art and beauty. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Goldfinch Is Star-Studded, Pretty, and Lifeless," 12 Sep. 2019 The profundity of the moment is that there is now a discourse where there wasn’t one before, and that is so powerful. Darcel Rockett,, "Commentary: Reframing American history — New York Times series on slavery should become required reading," 20 Aug. 2019 But for Steinerberger and coauthor Samuel G.B Johnson, beauty is made up of nine separate components: seriousness, universality, profundity, novelty, clarity, simplicity, elegance, intricacy, and sophistication. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Math Is As Beautiful As Art," 15 Aug. 2019 In director David Martín Porras’ thriller, recognizable actors are stuck in Andres Rosende’s nonsensical script, which mistakes idiotic twists for profundity. Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Join ‘Chain of Death’s’ ridiculous suicide squad at your own peril," 18 July 2019 Men are allowed to float through pop culture, their half-naked time drifting atop a pool doubling as a signal of emotional profundity. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "Women Crash the Pool Party," 3 July 2019 Though superbly programmed, the event features emcees who gush about the forthcoming brilliance of the next artist, the deeper meanings of Charlie Parker’s music, the profundities of the latest avant-garde unit. Howard Reich,, "Column: Big screens and other distractions keep invading our concert spaces. Can we just focus on the music?," 26 June 2019 There’s a beautiful essay by Zadie Smith that seeks to parse the difference between pleasure and joy, that (in my opinion at least) starts to give voice to the profundity of this. Nicole Cliffe, SELF, "Alanis Morissette on Pregnancy at 45, Childbirth, Postpartum Depression, and #MeToo," 26 June 2019 Andreas writes, dismayed by the critical desire for stylistic polish, for harmony and nuance, for an anodyne realism that manipulates the reader into positions of quasi-philosophical profundity. Merve Emre, The New York Review of Books, "‘Dismembered, Relocated, Rearranged’," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of profundity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for profundity

Middle English profundite, from Latin profunditat-, profunditas depth, from profundus

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English Language Learners Definition of profundity

: the quality of showing great knowledge or understanding
: the quality of being very strongly felt
: a statement that shows great knowledge or understanding

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