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
Recent Examples on the Web His talent for profundity was always there but previously untapped to this extent. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 31 Dec. 2021 Campion’s incongruous plot twists can pass for profundity in an era ignorant of both American history and film history. Armond White, National Review, 31 Dec. 2021 Stay open to them: There is a deep sense of excitement and profundity when that happens. Brian Freedman, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 The primary reaction of first-year law students encountering criminal and constitutional law is horror at the profundity of injustice. New York Times, 28 Jan. 2022 But Gray is no Hong, a virtuoso of low-key tales and scenes one tentatively eavesdrops, only to be mesmerized by their quiet profundity. Tomris Laffly, Variety, 24 Jan. 2022 Old Henry replaces Faulkner’s race profundity with new American antipathy. Armond White, National Review, 22 Dec. 2021 For all the profundity of his ideas, Tutu is possibly best known for his quick humor, and his instinct toward intimacy of touch and gesture. The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Dec. 2021 Even the cringey TikToks have a measure of profundity, as aging celebrities play their younger selves to appeal to even younger audiences, all set on a perpetual loop. New York Times, 22 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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“Profundity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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