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- (in post-19th-century uses, often humorous) To make profound; to make a concept unnecessarily complicated.
- 1821 May 1, “Hildebrand Snapdragon”, “Manchester versus 'Manchester Poetry'”, in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, volume IX, Edinburgh; London: William Blackwood; T[homas] Cadell and W. Davies, OCLC 631932349, page 198, col. 1:
- But where's the use of invoking the Muses, when they are provoked by droppings of inspiration from a stone, in which the measure and the meaning are most happily profundified?
- 1976, James H. Boren, The Bureaucratic Zoo: The Search for the Ultimate Mumble, McLean, Va.: EPM Publications, →ISBN, page 4:
- To profundify or to profundicate: A Borenverb used to denote the use of thesauric and other enrichment techniques to make a simple idea appear to be profound. […] Graduates of agricultural institutions tend to use "to profundicate" while graduates of ivy league schools tend to use "to profundify".
- 1979, The Proceedings – Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Annual Convention, Philadelphia, Penn.: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, ISSN 0736-7201, page 69:
- 1995 September 15, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans), page E1:
- Profundify or profundicate the speech. Use Roget's Thesaurus to make simple ideas seem profound.
- 1999, James H. Boren, How to be a Sincere Phoney: A Handbook for Politicians and Bureaucrats, McLean, Va.: EPM Publications, →ISBN, page 73:
- Profundified words and phrases may dance around an issue without disturbing the neutral thought patterns of bureaucrats, politicians or members of boards of directors.