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pro·fun·di·ty

 (prə-fŭn′dĭ-tē, prō-)
n. pl. pro·fun·di·ties
1. Great intellectual insight or understanding: profundity of thought.
2. Intensity of feeling or conviction.
3. Something profound or abstruse: the profundities of mathematics.
4. Great extent downward; great depth.

[Middle English profundite, from Old French, from Late Latin profunditās, from Latin profundus, deep; see profound.]

pro•fun•di•ty

(prəˈfʌn dɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the quality or state of being profound; depth.
2. Usu., profundities. profound or deep matters.
3. a profoundly deep place; abyss.
[1375–1425; late Middle English profundite < Late Latin profunditās. See profound, -ity]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.profundity - wisdom that is recondite and abstruse and profoundprofundity - wisdom that is recondite and abstruse and profound; "the anthropologist was impressed by the reconditeness of the native proverbs"
wisdom - accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment
2.profundity - intellectual depth; penetrating knowledge; keen insight; etc; "the depth of my feeling"; "the profoundness of the silence"
depth - degree of psychological or intellectual profundity
shallowness, superficiality - lack of depth of knowledge or thought or feeling
3.profundity - the intellectual ability to penetrate deeply into ideasprofundity - the intellectual ability to penetrate deeply into ideas
sapience, wisdom - ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight
4.profundity - the quality of being physically deep; "the profundity of the mine was almost a mile"
depth, deepness - the extent downward or backward or inward; "the depth of the water"; "depth of a shelf"; "depth of a closet"
bottomlessness - the property of being very deep; without limit

profundity

noun
2. intensity, strength, depth, seriousness, severity, extremity the profundity of the problems besetting the country

profundity

noun
1. Intellectual penetration or range:
2. Deep, thorough, or mature understanding:
Translations
hloubka
dybsindighed
dÿpi

profundity

[prəˈfʌndɪtɪ] N (frm) → profundidad f

profundity

[prəˈfʌndɪti] n
(intellectual)profondeur f
[feeling, experience, change, problem] → profondeur f

profundity

n
no plTiefe f; (of thought, thinker, book etc)Tiefgründigkeit f, → Tiefsinnigkeit f; (of knowledge)Gründlichkeit f
(= profound remark)Tiefsinnigkeit f

profundity

[prəˈfʌndɪtɪ] nprofondità

profound

(prəˈfaund) adjective
1. deep. profound sleep.
2. showing great knowledge or understanding. a profound remark.
proˈfoundly adverb
proˈfundity (-ˈfan-) noun
References in classic literature ?
If it were a record of a solemn scientific expedition, it would have about it that gravity, that profundity, and that impressive incomprehensibility which are so proper to works of that kind, and withal so attractive.
Speaking now,' returned Mortimer, 'with the irresponsible imbecility of a private individual, and not with the profundity of a professional adviser, I should say that if the circumstance of its being too much, weighs upon your mind, you have the haven of consolation open to you that you can easily make it less.
For example, there are few men of extraordinary profundity who are found wanting in an inclination for the bottle.
Moreover, Speranski, either because he appreciated the other's capacity or because he considered it necessary to win him to his side, showed off his dispassionate calm reasonableness before Prince Andrew and flattered him with that subtle flattery which goes hand in hand with self-assurance and consists in a tacit assumption that one's companion is the only man besides oneself capable of understanding the folly of the rest of mankind and the reasonableness and profundity of one's own ideas.
Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them men of much greater profundity than they really are.
It knew only itself and the vastness and profundity of the quiet and the dark.
In the country, as elsewhere, we must forego profundity if we wish to be understood.
She is decorated all over with beads and bracelets and embroidered dandelions; but her principal decoration consists of the softest little gray eyes in the world, which rest upon you with a profundity of confidence--a confidence that I really feel some compunction in betraying.
Long thatched sheds stretched round the enclosure, their slopes encrusted with vivid green moss, and their eaves supported by wooden posts rubbed to a glossy smoothness by the flanks of infinite cows and calves of bygone years, now passed to an oblivion almost inconceivable in its profundity.
In spite of all that has happened since, I still remember that vigil very distinctly: the black and silent observatory, the shadowed lantern throwing a feeble glow upon the floor in the corner, the steady ticking of the clockwork of the tele- scope, the little slit in the roof--an oblong profundity with the stardust streaked across it.
de Villefort, who examined him attentively, and who no doubt practiced upon him all the psychological studies he was accustomed to use, in vain endeavored to make him lower his eyes, notwithstanding the depth and profundity of his gaze.
She paused again, to be sure of doing justice to Cecil's profundity.