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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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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Fire in a crowded theater is a pseudo-profundity, OK? Fox News, "John Bolton on Maduro 'assassination' attempt, Russian election meddling," 5 Aug. 2018 The digital screens intone that simply speaking Tut’s name will ensure his immortality — a marketing truism faking ancient profundity in an automated performance heavy on the ham and cheese. Christopher Knight,, "How good is the King Tut exhibition? An art critic weighs in," 29 Mar. 2018 The trademark of a Kennedy opinion was a verbal effusion that gestured toward profundity without overcoming confusion. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Abortion is already emerging as a top issue in the midterms with Supreme Court vacancy," 29 June 2018 Lynch interrupts himself with the wordless exhale of someone registering profundity. Charlotte Shane, The New Republic, "Living in David Lynch’s Art Life," 26 June 2018 Though these themes are evident from the imagery, they are spelled out by the pseudo-profundities of the voice-over narration. Peter Keough,, "Peak excitement pondered in ‘Mountain’," 24 May 2018 The profundity of the Greek myth and the exuberance, the soulfulness of Gospel singing, come together beautifully. John Timpane,, "It's a joyous 'Gospel at Colonus' reunion at First Unitarian Church," 21 May 2018 There’s a fine line between profundity and banality. Jessica Zack, San Francisco Chronicle, "Michael Pollan gets stoned in his latest book, “How to Change Your Mind”," 21 May 2018 Instead, the deadly environment of The Rain calls back to Tarkovsky’s Stalker, about a dangerous and uninhabited area—the Zone—where every tuft of grass threatens a hidden profundity. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Something Is Damp in the State of Denmark," 11 May 2018

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

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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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