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- Descending far below the surface; opening or reaching to great depth; deep.
- Very deep; very serious
- Intellectually deep; entering far into subjects; reaching to the bottom of a matter, or of a branch of learning; thorough
- a profound investigation
- a profound scholar
- profound wisdom
- Characterized by intensity; deeply felt; pervading
- c. 1603–1604 (date written), William Shakespeare, “Measure for Measure”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):
- How now! which of your hips has the most profound sciatica?
- 1860, Henry Hart Milman, History of Latin Christianity : including that of the popes to the pontificate of Nicholas V.:
- Of the profound corruption of this class there can be no doubt.
- 2019, Shelina Janmohamed, “Long before Shamima Begum, Muslim women were targets”, in Guardian:
- It’s probably one of the reasons the Shamima Begum case is having such a profound impact; one-dimensional stereotypes about Muslim women already run so deep.
- 2023 September 20, Nigel Harris, “Comment Special: And it's goodbye from me...”, in RAIL, number 992, page 3:
- I visited the wreckage at Ladbroke Grove, Hatfield. Potters Bar and Heck, and the experiences had a profound effect on me - especially Ladbroke Grove.
- Bending low, exhibiting or expressing deep humility; lowly; submissive
descending below the surface
characterized by intensity
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- (obsolete) The deep; the sea; the ocean.
- (obsolete) An abyss.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book II”, in Paradise Lost. […], London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], →OCLC; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, →OCLC, lines 976-980:
- […] if some other place, / From your dominion won, th' Ethereal King / Possesses lately, thither to arrive / travel this profound. Direct my course […]
- (obsolete) To cause to sink deeply; to cause to dive or penetrate far down.
- (obsolete) To dive deeply; to penetrate.
profound m (oblique and nominative feminine singular profounde)
- (late Anglo-Norman) Alternative spelling of