Definition of de profundis in English:

de profundis

noun

  • A heartfelt cry of appeal expressing deep feelings of sorrow or anguish.

    • ‘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/