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 There’s the notional profundity of the straight play, the ornament and sentiment and fun of the musical, the occasionally moving nostalgia of a one-hander featuring the likes of a Springsteen. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "“Freestyle Love Supreme” Raps Its Way to Broadway," 7 Oct. 2019 These rich images converge with the shuddering profundity of the emptiness of space, as well as with Roy’s closely scrutinized range of expressions and, for that matter, the tightly observed skin and stubble of Pitt’s face. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Ad Astra,” Reviewed: James Gray’s Masterwork of Personal Film in an Alien Setting," 19 Sep. 2019 The lesson of the film is a straightforward one—that in the future, people will still need to rely on each other—but Ad Astra communicates it with staggering profundity. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Ad Astra Is a Deeply Human Tale Set Amid the Stars," 18 Sep. 2019 With The Leftovers, Perrotta’s co-creator Damon Lindelof found the profundity that eluded him in an earlier mystery-box series, Lost. Judy Berman, Time, "The 10 Best TV Shows of the 2010s," 15 Nov. 2019 However, the script from Stephen Mazur drags everyone down with its clumsy attempts at both humor and profundity in this pseudo-philosophical pseudo-comedy. Kimber Myers,, "Review: Greg Kinnear’s directing debut, ‘Phil,’ aims high but lands low," 3 July 2019 It's all pushed with little seriousness or feigned profundity. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Daybreak': TV Review," 23 Oct. 2019 But sensations aren’t the same as ideas, and Phillips (perhaps best known as the director of the Hangover movies) and his co-writer, Scott Silver, spin out dozens of alleged profundities that either fall flat or contradict one another. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Problem With Joker Isn't Its Brutal Violence. It's the Muddled Message It Sends About Our Times," 2 Oct. 2019 Where to place Donnie Darko, a film that reached for profundity and fell on its face, offering instead the fun of pulp sci-fi? Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 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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8 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Profundity.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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