Definition of profundity in US English:



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

    ‘the simplicity and profundity of the message’
    • ‘In his own way, though, he brought comfort to her with his childlike clarity, which gave him a philosopher's profundity.’
    • ‘The profundity of Buddhist philosophy is also worthy of perseverance: it contains some of the most radical propositions in the history of human thought.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The anxiety that hovers over Parry is the extent of his musical profundity and insight.’
    • ‘This insight contains many dimensions and varying degrees of profundity and subtlety, which in a sense, can never be adequately described with language.’
    • ‘Even his teachers at the conservatory respected his profundity and thoroughness and called him ‘professor’.’
    • ‘Underlying this historical analysis was a concept of philosophical profundity.’
    • ‘‘The Deep Blue Sea’ attempts profundity but doesn't quite deliver.’
    • ‘The speaker can create an air of secrecy and profundity, even though what they are saying is simple.’
    • ‘Novelty is not synonymous with depth and profundity of insight.’
    • ‘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 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 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.’
    • ‘I can only describe the experience as a combination of profundity and sweetness.’
    • ‘We were truly impressed with his knowledge and profundity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here was intellectual brilliance aligned with spiritual 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘It locates the sources of poetic excellence in the profundity of the writer's emotions and the seriousness of his thought.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Such ignorance hardly detracts from the power or profundity of the experience.’
      • ‘The profundity of the experience demonstrated the transience of everyday knowledge.’
      • ‘The moments of emotional profundity here are golden and will suffice.’
      intensity, depth, extremity, severity, keenness, profoundness, strength
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    2. 1.2 A statement or idea that shows great knowledge or insight.
      • ‘Simple phrases, simple moments translate into great profundities.’
      • ‘The moments of brilliance and detached profundities are engulfed by too many false starts and half-baked ideas.’
      • ‘Time's article, on the other hand, didn't ponder such profundities of belief.’
      • ‘For that matter, why does a would-be bedroom farce also try to utter philosophic profundities?’
      • ‘We could have spent our spare time studying the profundities of the Torah.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I found it to be wickedly intriguing, filled with dark profundities and rich subtext.’
      • ‘Do directors and actors have the time and patience to go into profundities?’
      • ‘The dialogue is sparse and when the characters do speak, it's clunkily written, laden with insipid profundities, and often badly delivered.’
      • ‘Sandra Bullock is Sidda, a famous playwright who mines her ‘terrible’ childhood for profundities.’
      • ‘Song lyrics don't exactly overflow with profundities.’
      • ‘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.’