Adjective "profound" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a state, quality, or emotion) very great or intense.
  1. 'the implications of this discovery are profound'
  2. 'It was not only onstage that profound emotions stirred under a cool, unruffled surface.'
  3. 'Of course, our ignorance is so profound that little can be said for certain.'
  4. 'Other projects could have a much more profound impact on the intellectual property landscape.'
  5. 'Then she was lying in bed at night trying to come to terms with this new and unwelcome emotion: profound sadness.'
  6. 'The fact is that the absence of a parent has a very profound effect.'
  7. 'I think it has quite profound implications for us as human beings.'
  8. 'Over the long term, they will make a far more profound impact.'
  9. 'Please accept my profound regret and apology for any misunderstanding about that letter.'
  10. 'Beyond these changes are two others, which may be equally profound in their implications.'
  11. 'The most profound influence of archetypes is in their regulation of the human life cycle.'
  12. 'He suffered permanent brain damage and profound disability.'
  13. 'He developed exchange transfusion for the management of pregnant women with profound anaemia and cardiac failure.'
  14. 'Severe toxicity leads to coma, profound hypotension, bradycardia, and asystolic arrest.'
  15. 'St Mary of the Angels caters for clients with moderate, severe and profound intellectual disabilities.'
  16. 'The deformity may be so severe, the fractures so numerous, and the disability so profound, however, that almost any form of treatment deserves consideration.'
  17. 'Doctors testified that Charlotte fell into the most extreme category of profound neurological disability.'
  18. 'It may be a child with a profound disability as well.'
  19. 'There are about 123,000 people over 16 who were born hearing but have developed severe or profound deafness.'
  20. 'Pat and his wife, Eva, have a 22-year-old daughter, Lisa, who has a profound disability called Angelman syndrome.'
  21. 'In sum, Singer calls for a radical reassessment of what to do with children born with severe and profound disabilities.'
(of a person or statement) having or showing great knowledge or insight.
  1. 'One thing that keeps people in the cycle of rumination is a sense that they're incredibly profound and gaining tremendous insight.'
  2. 'The reporter will quote the profound statements you make and soon you might even be on the cover of Newsweek!'
  3. 'The most his character has going for him is to smile a lot and make supposedly profound statements on the nature of the universe that sound like they were read off the back of a cereal box.'
  4. 'Without realizing it, he made a very profound statement.'
  5. 'He was not the only one to make a profound statement on the Victoria Falls.'
  6. 'Today, the profound thinker turns his attention to political apathy, and sees something dark filling the void.'
  7. 'A daily paper in Florida made a profound statement on March 2.'
  8. 'Yet this wonderful and loving documentary somehow turns a demolition derby into a profound statement on the importance of life and what makes this place special.'
  9. 'The answer by one student was so profound that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well.'
  10. 'It is a profound statement about political integration and it will establish the EU as a legal entity in its own right.'
  11. 'expressing profound truths in simple language'
  12. 'Here I am, trying to be all serious, and she is laughing at my profound idea.'
  13. 'Actually this is a very difficult or profound question to answer.'
  14. 'These are very profound issues that we're dealing with, whether it's security of Australia or violence in indigenous communities.'
  15. 'It is a short book, written in one unbroken paragraph, but it explores profound ideas about individual responsibility, language and reality, and the nature of fiction.'
  16. 'These projects are extremely important, and they raise profound questions regarding appropriate intellectual property policies.'
  17. 'This is very difficult as there are many more intelligent people who have had many more profound thoughts on the subject than I have.'
  18. 'Then I realised I wouldn't have any profound thoughts.'
  19. 'This short paragraph does not even scratch the surface of a book that has many novel insights and profound ideas, and which opens up numerous lines for further inquiry.'
  20. 'Socrates raised profound questions in philosophy in a city square, and many of our liberation heroes took their majors in prison yards.'
  21. 'For me, this book is about the profound idea of a child hoping to navigate death, which is a very complicated, complex part of life.'
Very deep.


    The deepest part of something, especially the ocean.
    1. 'her work is an often eerie mix of the banal and the profound'


    1. penetrating or entering deeply into subjects of thought or knowledge; having deep insight or understanding: a profound thinker.

    2. originating in or penetrating to the depths of one's being; profound grief.

    3. being or going far beneath what is superficial, external, or obvious: profound insight.

    4. of deep meaning; of great and broadly inclusive significance: a profound book.

    5. pervasive or intense; thorough; complete: a profound silence. |

    More examples(as adjective)

    "twos can be profound of affairs."

    "problems can be profound of servants."

    "problems can be profound of ministers."

    "implications can be profound in ways."

    "glooms can be profound for allies."

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    Middle English: from Old French profund, from Latin profundus ‘deep’, from Latin pro ‘before’ + fundus ‘bottom’. The word was used earliest in the sense ‘showing deep insight’.