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English adjective: profound

1. profound showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth

SamplesThe differences are profound.
A profound insight.
A profound book.
A profound mind.
Profound contempt.
Profound regret.

Similardeep, thoughtful

See alsointense, scholarly


2. profound of the greatest intensity; complete

SamplesA profound silence.
A state of profound shock.



3. profound far-reaching and thoroughgoing in effect especially on the nature of something

SamplesThe fundamental revolution in human values that has occurred.
The book underwent fundamental changes.
Committed the fundamental error of confusing spending with extravagance.
Profound social changes.


Similarimportant, significant

Antonymsunimportant, insignificant

4. profound coming from deep within one

SamplesA profound sigh.



5. profound (of sleep) deep and complete

SamplesA heavy sleep.
Fell into a profound sleep.
A sound sleeper.
Deep wakeless sleep.

Synonymsheavy, sound, wakeless



6. profound situated at or extending to great depth; too deep to have been sounded or plumbed

SamplesThe profound depths of the sea.
The dark unfathomed caves of ocean.
Unplumbed depths of the sea.
Remote and unsounded caverns.

Synonymsunfathomed, unplumbed, unsounded



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