pro·​fun·​di·​ty prə-ˈfən-də-tē How to pronounce profundity (audio)
plural profundities
: intellectual depth
: something profound or abstruse
: the quality or state of being profound or deep

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 But the film’s profundity lies in its understanding that the thief, like so much of postwar Italy’s working class, is in the same boat as Antonio. Chris Bellamy and Kyle Fowle,, 10 May 2024 But a last-act grasp at profundity in Ruth Greenberg’s screenplay feels unearned. Joshua Rothkopf, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2024 Now Anderson’s spiritual profundity is fleeting, as if the millennium’s anxiety has gotten to the last of the splendid entertainers. Armond White, National Review, 15 Mar. 2024 These notes represent the collective voice of a city, sentiments stitched together by personal handwriting, emphasizing the profundity of natural spaces and the vital importance of their protection. Amy Sacka, Detroit Free Press, 18 Feb. 2024 As with many of Burton's best films, the real magic is the nuggets of human profundity hidden within the bleak imagrey and whimsical comedy. Chris Snellgrove,, 24 Oct. 2023 And combined with this ordinary character’s ability to survive, again and again, the show suggests that maybe there’s profundity in her decency. Esther Zuckerman, The Atlantic, 18 Jan. 2024 One painted Guernica, acclaimed for its profundity as an anti-war statement. Diane Scharper, Washington Examiner, 12 Jan. 2024 What sounds like redundancy is actually profundity. J. J. Goode, New York Times, 14 Aug. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of profundity was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Profundity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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pro·​fun·​di·​ty prə-ˈfən-dət-ē How to pronounce profundity (audio)
plural profundities
: great knowledge or understanding
: something profound

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