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- superlative form of : most profound
- 1850, Giles, Henry, “The Moral Spirit of Byron's Genius”, in Lectures and Essays, volume 1, Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, page 149:
- The capacity of sorrow belongs to our grandeur; and the loftiest of our race are those who have had the profoundest grief; because they have had the profoundest sympathies.
- 1852, Hawthorne, Nathaniel, The Blithedale Romance, Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, ch. 2:
- The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one's self a fool; the truest heroism is, to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when to be obeyed.
- 1994, Catherine Faber (music), “The Word of God”, performed by Echo's Children:
- The profoundest act of worship is to try to understand.