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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.
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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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