Definition of profundity in US English:

profundity

noun

  • 1Deep insight; great depth of knowledge or thought.

    ‘the simplicity and profundity of the message’
    • ‘Underlying this historical analysis was a concept of philosophical profundity.’
    • ‘I can only describe the experience as a combination of profundity and sweetness.’
    • ‘Here was intellectual brilliance aligned with spiritual profundity.’
    • ‘Indeed, the essential enigma of Taoism and Zen is the source of their wisdom and profundity - a freedom that is never enclosed by a system of understanding.’
    • ‘In the meantime, the left's principal activists and opinion-makers should remember 1984 and be much more prudent with words that should never be stripped of their intended profundity.’
    • ‘The anxiety that hovers over Parry is the extent of his musical profundity and insight.’
    • ‘The profundity of Buddhist philosophy is also worthy of perseverance: it contains some of the most radical propositions in the history of human thought.’
    • ‘The very simplicity belies the profundity of the philosophy, for each title reflects a much deeper insight into a given problem and often, at the same time, hints at the mode of operation to be employed.’
    • ‘In his own way, though, he brought comfort to her with his childlike clarity, which gave him a philosopher's profundity.’
    • ‘He doesn't try to impress readers, or mistake obfuscation for profundity; he knows, on the contrary, that profundity and simplicity go hand in hand.’
    • ‘This insight contains many dimensions and varying degrees of profundity and subtlety, which in a sense, can never be adequately described with language.’
    • ‘The speaker can create an air of secrecy and profundity, even though what they are saying is simple.’
    • ‘We were truly impressed with his knowledge and profundity.’
    • ‘It also has the virtue of being resonant enough in its images to be psychologically (that is to say, poetically) profound, though the extent of that profundity I will leave it to others to sound.’
    • ‘Novelty is not synonymous with depth and profundity of insight.’
    • ‘‘The Deep Blue Sea’ attempts profundity but doesn't quite deliver.’
    • ‘Everything is done with exaggerated slowness, which seems a rather cheap way of adding profundity to some fairly simplistic ideas about war not being a very good thing.’
    • ‘The very simplicity belies the profundity of his ideals, for each title reflects a much deeper insight into a given problem while outlining the mode of operation to be employed.’
    • ‘Even his teachers at the conservatory respected his profundity and thoroughness and called him ‘professor’.’
    • ‘His whim about perhaps dropping out of his own wedding is real to him, embracing his impulses as though they are a form of profundity.’
    wisdom, insight, deep insight, intelligence, sagacity, acuity, depth, profoundness, perceptiveness, penetration, perception, percipience, perspicuity, discernment, thoughtfulness
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    1. 1.1 Great depth or intensity of a state, quality, or emotion.
      ‘the profundity of her misery’
      • ‘The profundity of the experience demonstrated the transience of everyday knowledge.’
      • ‘Such ignorance hardly detracts from the power or profundity of the experience.’
      • ‘It locates the sources of poetic excellence in the profundity of the writer's emotions and the seriousness of his thought.’
      • ‘The moments of emotional profundity here are golden and will suffice.’
      • ‘There are moments of great emotional profundity in the film, but they're compounded by the filmmakers' reluctance to go the extra mile and put their feelings on the screen.’
      intensity, depth, extremity, severity, keenness, profoundness, strength
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    2. 1.2 A statement or idea that shows great knowledge or insight.
      • ‘We could have spent our spare time studying the profundities of the Torah.’
      • ‘Do directors and actors have the time and patience to go into profundities?’
      • ‘I found it to be wickedly intriguing, filled with dark profundities and rich subtext.’
      • ‘Simple phrases, simple moments translate into great profundities.’
      • ‘Time's article, on the other hand, didn't ponder such profundities of belief.’
      • ‘Students who sign on for philosophy courses eager for obscure profundities, wild speculation and reflections on the meaning or, even better, the meaninglessness of life are sorely disappointed.’
      • ‘The dialogue is sparse and when the characters do speak, it's clunkily written, laden with insipid profundities, and often badly delivered.’
      • ‘It would seem that this choreographer sincerely believes dance to be an apt vehicle for representing not merely complex psychological relationships but philosophical profundities as well.’
      • ‘Sandra Bullock is Sidda, a famous playwright who mines her ‘terrible’ childhood for profundities.’
      • ‘Song lyrics don't exactly overflow with profundities.’
      • ‘The moments of brilliance and detached profundities are engulfed by too many false starts and half-baked ideas.’
      • ‘For that matter, why does a would-be bedroom farce also try to utter philosophic profundities?’

Pronunciation

profundity

/prəˈfəndədi//prəˈfəndədē/