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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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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Recent Examples on the Web The immediate impulse of those who, like myself, are committed to helping others appreciate the beauty and profundity of the classical world is to mount a vigorous defense of Western civilization. Andre M. Archie, National Review, "What Makes the Classics Worth Studying," 27 Feb. 2021 If so, that documentary too might achieve the quiet profundity and humane sensitivity brought to the cats and dogs whose lives reflect the city, its politics, and its people. Peter Keough,, "It’s a dog-meet-dog world in ‘Stray’," 24 Feb. 2021 As lovely as individual moments are, the whole thing blurs into edgelessness and diary-level profundity — a good reflection of pandemic-mind, perhaps, but hardly electrifying. Helen Shaw, Vulture, "It’s Weird-Theater-Festival Season, in a Year When Everything’s Avant-Garde Anyway," 14 Jan. 2021 While reporters wrestle with the Confucian profundity of this statement, Joe is whisked back to Delaware. Dave Barry, Washington Post, "Dave Barry’s Year in Review 2020," 27 Dec. 2020 This faux profundity comes midway through an essay in a collection published earlier this week by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a conservative think tank notorious for lobbying for war against Iran. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "The New Language of Forever War-Making," 17 Dec. 2020 And its elegant typeface transformed banalities into profundity. Bruce Mccall, The New Yorker, "My Life in Cars," 12 Dec. 2020 Ellis also sees profundity in what's happening right now in the horror film industry. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Meet the Black creators changing the horror game," 29 Oct. 2020 Amid the hilarity, the profundity, and the audacity, hypocrisies and orthodoxies shatter. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Sixty-two Films That Shaped the Art of Documentary Filmmaking," 14 Oct. 2020

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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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5 Mar 2021

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“Profundity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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