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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n profoundness intellectual depth; penetrating knowledge; keen insight; etc "the depth of my feeling","the profoundness of the silence"
    • n profoundness the quality of being physically deep "the profundity of the mine was almost a mile"
    • n profoundness the intellectual ability to penetrate deeply into ideas
    • n profoundness wisdom that is recondite and abstruse and profound "the anthropologist was impressed by the reconditeness of the native proverbs"
    • n profoundness extremeness of degree "the profoundness of his ignorance"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Profoundness The quality or state of being profound; profundity; depth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n profoundness Depth; profundity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Profoundness the state or quality of being profound: depth of place, of knowledge, &c.: that which is profound
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  • Albert Camus
    “Real nobility is based on scorn, courage, and profound indifference.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “The most profound joy has more of gravity than of gaiety in it.”
  • Lao-Tzu
    “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
  • Jean Paul
    “No one is more profoundly sad as one who laughs too much.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Mystery is not profoundness.”
  • Raoul Vaneigem
    “As poverty has been reduced in terms of mere survival, it has become more profound in terms of our way of life.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. profond—L. profunduspro, forward, fundus, bottom.


In literature:

To Francis this pilgrimage to the Holy Land had a profound meaning, for to him Christianity meant the imitation of Christ.
"The Evolution of Love" by Emil Lucka
It was for her, as the profoundly injured person, to decide as to the new disposal of their relations.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
A profound change had come upon him, yet essentially he, the man, was unchanged.
"The Hidden Places" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
It demands the keenest mental activity, the most profound mental concentration.
"For Every Music Lover" by Aubertine Woodward Moore
This might be tenderness of nature, or the profound instinct to win liking and admiration.
"A Crooked Path" by Mrs. Alexander
Never was the music of the human voice more profoundly appealing.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
He was profoundly absorbed.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
Her egotism is so hard and so profound that the very victims whom she sacrifices to ambition seem in her sight justly punished.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
He was watching and reading with profound insight.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Profound silence reigned around, and nothing was to be heard but the quick steps of the wanderer, who drew nearer and nearer.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
The word is a very profound matter in which inexhaustible treasure is concealed for the man who knows how to use it.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
This, of course, is a profound question and involves fundamental theories of history.
"The Psychology of Nations" by G.E. Partridge
This change in him profoundly influenced me and though I said nothing about it, I resolved to do as well.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
How profound was her cold nausea, how profound!
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
His better nature was thrilled and profoundly moved.
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
Every light was out, every house buried in profound slumber.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
Let their names be handed down to posterity with profound veneration.
"Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution" by L. Carroll Judson
But Uncle Oliver did not speak; he only continued to shake his head, slowly and profoundly.
"Angela's Business" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
The tavern-keeper contemplates the unfortunate girl with an expression of profound pity.
"The Iron Trevet or Jocelyn the Champion" by Eugène Sue
Clotilde de Vaux, who died in the following year, having profoundely influenced Comte's life.
"A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations" by Joseph Mazzini Wheeler

In poetry:

How soft seemed the pillow, how distant the ceiling,
How weird were the voices that whispered around,
What dreams would come flocking, as rocking and rocking,
We floated away into slumber profound.
"The Old Wooden Cradle" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
CLARIN. Never from that sleep profound
Wake, O Sigismund, or rise,
To behold with wondering eyes
All thy glorious life o'erthrown,
Like a shadow that hath flown,
Like a bright brief flame that dies!
"Life Is A Dream - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Her stone-white face, in the lamp-light, turns toward you;
Darkly, with time-dark eyes, she questions you
Whether this universe is what she thinks it—
Simple and passionate and profound and true—
"Asphalt" by Conrad Potter Aiken
Condemning with profound disdain
All other nations' heartless greed,
How couldst thou buy from humbled Spain
A people struggling to attain
A freedom suited to their need?
Why stultify thy boasted creed?
"Fallen" by John Lawson Stoddard
Who shall compass or fathom God's thought profound?
We can but praise, for we may not understand;
But there's no more beautiful riddle the whole world round
Than is hid in this heap of dust I hold in my hand.
"Dust" by Celia Laighton Thaxter
Her spear now a thunder-bolt flash'd in the air,
And sulphur the vault fill'd around:
She smote the grim monster; and now by the hair
High-lifting, she hurl'd him in speechless despair
Down the depths of the chasm profound.
"The Paint-Kings" by Washington Allston

In news:

The anchors, at least one of whom sounded profoundly.
I got this fortune last night and it struck me as fairly profound, in a fortune-cookie kind of way.
Few revolutions in this century have had so profound an effect on humanity as the revolution in social attitudes.
Though frightful at times, Bears' win profound.
They have more direct interaction with customers than any other group, and thus have a profound influence on revenues, customer retention, and brand loyalty.
"Philip" Loizou applied the computing power and connectivity of the smartphone era to people with profound hearing loss.
Edmunds says effect will be profound.
The impact on the region's ecosystems has been profound.
Those trends have profound global implications.
In dissenting, Judge J Harvie Wilkinson said he shared the court's "profound repugnance" for Hustler 's "offensive personal attack" on Mr Falwell.
"High-functioning" children with average to profoundly gifted IQs who used language with relative ease but had difficulties with social interaction and coordination would now be given an Asperger 's Syndrome diagnosis.
Most players will likely spend the first six hours of " Assassin 's Creed III" wrapping their heads around the profound size and ambition of the game.
Tyson's profound answer has now been made even more breathtaking thanks to a fan-made video.
Though frightful at times, Bears' win profound.
Reliable Truth profoundly presents how the Bible reflects the true nature of reality.

In science:

The mass of the uplifted gas in the arms is comparable to the gas mass in the approximately spherically symmetric 3.8 kpc core, demonstrating that the AGN has a profound effect on its immediate surroundings.
Feedback under the microscope II: heating, gas uplift, and mixing in the nearest cluster core
Our results therefore provide direct evidence that radio mode AGN input has a profound effect on the ability of large galaxies to form stars from their surrounding X-ray emitting halos.
Feedback under the microscope II: heating, gas uplift, and mixing in the nearest cluster core
The mass of the uplifted low entropy gas in the arms is comparable to the gas mass in the approximately spherically symmetric 3.8 kpc core, demonstrating that the AGN has a profound effect on its immediate surroundings.
Feedback under the microscope II: heating, gas uplift, and mixing in the nearest cluster core
Some of the most beautiful and profound results in this domain concern the convexity of trace functions.
User-friendly tail bounds for sums of random matrices
However to make this relation more profound the “inverse” problem should be considered as well.
On the motifs distribution in random hierarchical networks
Recently, to investigate the profound connection between gravity and thermodynamics, Bamba et al have examined the equivalence of modified gravity equation to the clausius relation.
Validity of the Generalized Second Law of Thermodynamics of the Universe Bounded by the Event Horizon in Brane Scenario
But it is in fact profoundly difficult, and in spite of several decades of research, current vision systems cannot perform even at the level of human children.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
The size of the shift in β1 carries profound implications for the continuum physics of this gauge theory.
Running coupling and mass anomalous dimension of SU(3) gauge theory with two flavors of symmetric-representation fermions
This pioneering camera has had a profound influence on photon starved imaging applications, as photon counting in astronomy (e.g.
SAOLIM, a prototype of a low cost System for Adaptive Optics with Lucky Imaging
For RbSr, these additional terms have a profound effect.
Ultracold RbSr molecules can be formed by magnetoassociation
However, H (U1 ) also features a tail, so distributions with profoundly different shapes, although rare, do occur.
Finite size scaling in Ising-like systems with quenched random fields: Evidence of hyperscaling violation
The tra jectories represented by the closed curves in the surface of section differ profoundly from the disconnected curve orbits.
Transition from Regular to Chaotic Circulation in Magnetized Coronae near Compact Objects
The last analyzed topology of the lobes (class IIIc) differs profoundly from the preceding two cases, as can be seen in Fig. 15.
Transition from Regular to Chaotic Circulation in Magnetized Coronae near Compact Objects
We find that the antiferromagnetism in the middle layers profoundly affects the supercurrent flowing across the junction, while the phase difference across the junction influences the development of antiferromagnetism in the middle layers.
Interplay between Superconductivity and Antiferromagnetism in a Multi-layered System
In the above discussion, we find the profound influence of the Coulomb interaction U (and hence AFM) of the middle layers on the DSC.
Interplay between Superconductivity and Antiferromagnetism in a Multi-layered System