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Princeton's WordNet

  1. profound(adj)

    showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth

    "the differences are profound"; "a profound insight"; "a profound book"; "a profound mind"; "profound contempt"; "profound regret"

  2. profound(adj)

    of the greatest intensity; complete

    "a profound silence"; "a state of profound shock"

  3. fundamental, profound(adj)

    far-reaching and thoroughgoing in effect especially on the nature of something

    "the fundamental revolution in human values that has occurred"; "the book underwent fundamental changes"; "committed the fundamental error of confusing spending with extravagance"; "profound social changes"

  4. profound(adj)

    coming from deep within one

    "a profound sigh"

  5. heavy, profound, sound, wakeless(adj)

    (of sleep) deep and complete

    "a heavy sleep"; "fell into a profound sleep"; "a sound sleeper"; "deep wakeless sleep"

  6. profound, unfathomed, unplumbed, unsounded(adj)

    situated at or extending to great depth; too deep to have been sounded or plumbed

    "the profound depths of the sea"; "the dark unfathomed caves of ocean"-Thomas Gray; "unplumbed depths of the sea"; "remote and unsounded caverns"

Wiktionary

  1. profound(Noun)

    The deep; the sea; the ocean.

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

    Etymology: Late profound, from profont, from profundus, from pro + fundus.

  2. profound(Noun)

    An abyss.

    Etymology: Late profound, from profont, from profundus, from pro + fundus.

  3. profound(Verb)

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

    Etymology: Late profound, from profont, from profundus, from pro + fundus.

  4. profound(Verb)

    To dive deeply; to penetrate.

    Etymology: Late profound, from profont, from profundus, from pro + fundus.

  5. profound(Adjective)

    Descending far below the surface; opening or reaching to a great depth; deep.

    Etymology: Late profound, from profont, from profundus, from pro + fundus.

  6. profound(Adjective)

    Very deep; very serious

    Etymology: Late profound, from profont, from profundus, from pro + fundus.

  7. profound(Adjective)

    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.

    Etymology: Late profound, from profont, from profundus, from pro + fundus.

  8. profound(Adjective)

    Characterized by intensity; deeply felt; pervading; overmastering; far-reaching; strongly impressed; as, a profound sleep.

    Etymology: Late profound, from profont, from profundus, from pro + fundus.

  9. profound(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: Late profound, from profont, from profundus, from pro + fundus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Profound(adj)

    descending far below the surface; opening or reaching to a great depth; deep

    Etymology: [F. profond, L. profundus; pro before, forward + fundus the bottom. See Found to establish, Bottom lowest part.]

  2. Profound(adj)

    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

    Etymology: [F. profond, L. profundus; pro before, forward + fundus the bottom. See Found to establish, Bottom lowest part.]

  3. Profound(adj)

    characterized by intensity; deeply felt; pervading; overmastering; far-reaching; strongly impressed; as, a profound sleep

    Etymology: [F. profond, L. profundus; pro before, forward + fundus the bottom. See Found to establish, Bottom lowest part.]

  4. Profound(adj)

    bending low, exhibiting or expressing deep humility; lowly; submissive; as, a profound bow

    Etymology: [F. profond, L. profundus; pro before, forward + fundus the bottom. See Found to establish, Bottom lowest part.]

  5. Profound(noun)

    the deep; the sea; the ocean

    Etymology: [F. profond, L. profundus; pro before, forward + fundus the bottom. See Found to establish, Bottom lowest part.]

  6. Profound(noun)

    an abyss

    Etymology: [F. profond, L. profundus; pro before, forward + fundus the bottom. See Found to establish, Bottom lowest part.]

  7. Profound(verb)

    to cause to sink deeply; to cause to dive or penetrate far down

    Etymology: [F. profond, L. profundus; pro before, forward + fundus the bottom. See Found to establish, Bottom lowest part.]

  8. Profound(verb)

    to dive deeply; to penetrate

    Etymology: [F. profond, L. profundus; pro before, forward + fundus the bottom. See Found to establish, Bottom lowest part.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Profound

    prō-fownd′, adj. far below the surface: low: very deep: intense: abstruse: mysterious: occult: intellectually deep: penetrating deeply into knowledge.—n. the sea or ocean: an abyss, great depth.—adv. Profound′ly, deeply: with deep knowledge or insight: with deep concern.—ns. Profound′ness, Profund′ity, the state or quality of being profound: depth of place, of knowledge, &c.: that which is profound. [Fr. profond—L. profunduspro, forward, fundus, bottom.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'profound' in Adjectives Frequency: #774

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of profound in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of profound in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of profound in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Marxs:

    This has been a heartbreaking case, i think it has had a profound effect on every single person who sat through this trial.

  2. Manigault Newman:

    When I have a chance to tell my story, Michael, I have quite a story to tell, as the only African-American woman in White House, as a senior staff and assistant to the president, I have seen things that made me feel uncomfortable, that have upset me, that have affected me deeply and emotionally, Manigault Newman told Manigault Newmantold Strahan. White House has affected my community and my people. And when I can tell my story, it is a profound story that I know the world will want to hear.

  3. Solomon Hsiang:

    I don't think any human endeavor has ever saved so many lives in such a short period of time. There have been huge personal costs to staying home and canceling events, but the data show that each day made a profound difference.

  4. Hazlitt:

    Simplicity of character is the natural result of profound thought.

  5. George Santayana:

    Culture is on the horns of this dilemma if profound and noble it must remain rare, if common it must become mean.

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