Definition of de profundis in English:

de profundis

adverb

  • Used to convey that one's most heartfelt feelings of sorrow or anguish are being expressed.

    • ‘Has a thinking man perhaps here really cried out de profundis?’

noun

  • A heartfelt cry of appeal.

    • ‘Let the reader picture to himself the open coffin with the corpse of the lovely girl, surrounded by the hired mourners singing their dismal De profundis in hoarse voices.’
    plea, earnest request, urgent request, entreaty, cry, cry from the heart, call, petition, prayer, supplication, solicitation, application, overture, suit
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Origin

Latin, ‘from the depths’, the opening words of Psalm 130.

Pronunciation

de profundis

/ˌdeɪ prəˈfʊndɪs/