profound
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French parfunt, profond deep, from Latin profundus, from pro- before + fundus bottom — more at pro-, bottom Date: 14th century 1. a. having intellectual depth and insight b. difficult to fathom or understand 2. a. extending far below the surface b. coming from, reaching to, or situated at a depth ; deep-seated <
a profound sigh
>
3. a. characterized by intensity of feeling or quality b. all encompassing ; complete <
profound sleep
>
<
profound deafness
>
profoundly adverbprofoundness noun II. noun Date: 1621 archaic something that is very deep; specifically the depths of the sea

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  • Profound — Pro*found , a. [F. profond, L. profundus; pro before, forward + fundus the bottom. See {Found} to establish, {Bottom} lowest part.] 1. Descending far below the surface; opening or reaching to a great depth; deep. A gulf profound. Milton. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • profound — [prō found′, prəfound′] adj. [ME < OFr profund < L profundus < pro , forward (see PRO 2) + fundus, BOTTOM] 1. very deep or low [a profound abyss, sleep, etc.] 2. marked by intellectual depth [a profound discussion] 3. i …   English World dictionary

  • profound — [adj1] intellectual, thoughtful abstruse, acroamatic, deep, difficult, discerning, enlightened, erudite, esoteric, heavy*, hermetic, informed, intellectual, intelligent, knowing, knowledgeable, learned, mysterious, occult, Orphic, penetrating,… …   New thesaurus

  • Profound — Pro*found , n. 1. The deep; the sea; the ocean. [1913 Webster] God in the fathomless profound Hath all this choice commanders drowned. Sandys. [1913 Webster] 2. An abyss. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • profound — (adj.) c.1300, characterized by intellectual depth, from O.Fr. profund (late 12c.), from L. profundus deep, bottomless, vast, also obscure, profound, from pro forth (see PRO (Cf. pro )) + fundus bottom (see FUND (Cf. fund) (n.)). The literal and… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Profound — Pro*found , v. t. To cause to sink deeply; to cause to dive or penetrate far down. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Profound — Pro*found , v. i. To dive deeply; to penetrate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • profound — I (esoteric) adjective abstruse, acroamatic, acroamatical, acroatic, astute, complicated, erudite, esoteric, gnostic, intellectual, intellectually deep, knowing, learned, oracular, penetrating, perceptive, philosophical, recondite, reflective,… …   Law dictionary

  • profound — *deep, abysmal Analogous words: penetrating, probing, piercing (see ENTER): scrutinizing, inspecting, examining (see SCRUTINIZE) Antonyms: shallow …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • profound — ► ADJECTIVE (profounder, profoundest) 1) very great or intense. 2) showing great knowledge or insight. 3) demanding deep study or thought. 4) archaic very deep. DERIVATIVES profoundly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • profound — 01. The death of her father at an early age had a [profound] effect on Baptista. 02. There is a [profound] difference in thinking between the two leaders, which makes reaching an agreement extremely difficult. 03. People were [profoundly] shocked …   Grammatical examples in English

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