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 (prə-found′, prō-)
adj. pro·found·er, pro·found·est
1. Having, showing, or requiring great insight or understanding: a profound thinker; a profound analysis.
2. Deeply felt or held; intense: profound contempt; a profound conviction.
3. Thoroughgoing; far-reaching: profound social changes.
4. Unqualified or unbroken: a profound silence; profound sleep.
5. Situated at, extending to, or coming from a great depth; deep: a profound chasm.

[Middle English profounde, from Old French profond, deep, from Latin profundus : prō-, before; see pro-1 + fundus, bottom.]

pro·found′ly adv.
pro·found′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.profoundness - extremeness of degree; "the profoundness of his ignorance"
ultimacy, ultimateness - the state or degree of being ultimate; the final or most extreme in degree or size or time or distance, "the ultimacy of these social values"
2.profoundness - wisdom that is recondite and abstruse and profoundprofoundness - 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
3.profoundness - the intellectual ability to penetrate deeply into ideasprofoundness - the intellectual ability to penetrate deeply into ideas
sapience, wisdom - ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight
4.profoundness - 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
5.profoundness - intellectual depth; penetrating knowledge; keen insight; etc; "the depth of my feeling"; "the profoundness of the silence"
depth - degree of psychological or intellectual profundity


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He needed a shock; or perhaps he required to take a deep, deep plunge into the ocean of human life, and to sink down and be covered by its profoundness, and then to emerge, sobered, invigorated, restored to the world and to himself.
We do not with sufficient plainness or sufficient profoundness address ourselves to life, nor dare we chaunt our own times and social circumstance.
Or unto eagles like which fixedly, Long adown the precipice look, Adown THEIR precipice:-- Oh, how they whirl down now, Thereunder, therein, To ever deeper profoundness whirling
RIYADH: Inclusion of the Hail rock art in the UNESCO World Heritage List is proof of the Kingdom's status and cultural profoundness, said the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) on Monday.
Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, considered the announcement as a proof of the Kingdom status and its civil profoundness, asserting that the inclusion will be of benefit to the Kingdom and the entire humanity, as well.
Watching this film your adrenaline will continuously pump while you will be simultaneously surprised at finding yourself savoring the subtle, sublime and quiet moments of profoundness brought on by Mann's use of space, light and framing.
The "Absolute Idea" alienates and disguises itself into Nature, evolves historically through all the usual twists and turns following the laws of dialectics and comes back to itself again through the consciousness of man and particularly through the philosophy of Hegel himself, who for the first time in the history of mankind perceived in thought the ultimate truth of this dialectical movement, in absolute profoundness.
The bold simplicity of that statement belies the profoundness of its implications.
In Husserl's text there is a link between "relative truth" and the profoundness of claims in terms of that expression.
There are books in brooks and sermons in stones -- and apparently utter profoundness under utters.
When Freud remarks that "we also failed to discover why it [separation] should be such a painful thing" (Inhibitions, Symptoms, and Anxiety, 131), he is surely aware of the profoundness of some lacuna in his theory.
The minister who welcomed the panel of speakers comprising Karan Singh, senior Congress MP and president Indian Council of Cultural Relations, Rajeev Shukla and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Planning Ashok Chauhan, dwelt at length on the profoundness of the teaching in the Gita.