Profound meaning

prə-found', prō-
The definition of profound is being deep, having intellectual depth or being intensely felt.

An example of profound is a scientific equation proving God's existence.

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Deeply felt or held; intense.

Profound contempt; a profound conviction.

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Situated at, extending to, or coming from a great depth; deep.

A profound chasm.

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Something profound.
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Having, showing, or requiring great insight or understanding.

A profound thinker; a profound analysis.

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Marked by intellectual depth.

A profound discussion.

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Intensely felt.

Profound grief.

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Unbroken.

A profound silence.

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Very deep or low.

A profound abyss, sleep, etc.

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Thoroughgoing.

Profound changes.

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Very deep; very serious.
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An abyss or deep, as of the ocean.
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Characterized by intensity; deeply felt; pervading; overmastering; far-reaching; strongly impressed; as, a profound sleep.
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Thoroughgoing; far-reaching.

Profound social changes.

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Intellectually deep; entering far into subjects; reaching to the bottom of a matter, or of a branch of learning; thorough; as, a profound investigation or treatise; a profound scholar; profound wisdom.
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(obsolete) The deep; the sea; the ocean.

God in the fathomless profound / Hath all this choice commanders drowned. Sandys.

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(obsolete) An abyss.

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(obsolete) To cause to sink deeply; to cause to dive or penetrate far down.

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(obsolete) To dive deeply; to penetrate.
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Unqualified or unbroken.

A profound silence; profound sleep.

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Bending low, exhibiting or expressing deep humility; lowly; submissive; as, a profound bow.
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Origin of profound

  • Middle English profounde from Old French profond deep from Latin profundus prō- before pro–1 fundus bottom
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Late Anglo-Norman profound, from Old French profont, from Latin profundus, from pro + fundus (“bottom; foundation").
    From Wiktionary