profound

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. erudite, learned, abstruse; heavy, weighty, deep; heartfelt, intense; complete, thorough. See feeling, greatness, knowledge, depth. Ant., shallow.
II
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Physically deep]
Syn. fathomless, bottomless, subterranean; see deep 1 .
2. [Intellectually deep]
Syn. learned, recondite, heavy, erudite, scholarly, abstruse, mysterious, sage, serious, sagacious, penetrating, discerning, knowing, wise, reflective, knowledgeable, intellectual, enlightened, thorough, informed, of Great learning, immensely learned; see also intelligent 1 , learned 2 , solemn 1 .
Ant. superficial*, shallow, flighty.
3. [Emotionally deep]
Syn. heartfelt, deep-felt, great; see intense .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a.
[pro FOUND]
deep or intense, either physically, intellectually or emotionally.
Her theory of galactic formation was quite profound. She remembered the profound sadness of the day.
SYN.:
1. intellectual deep, intelligent, thoughtful, wise, insightful, abstruse, heavy, penetrating, esoteric, enlightened, scholarly, difficult, complex.
2. emotional heartfelt, deep, intense, acute, sincere, keen, heartrending, soul-stirring, moving.
3. thorough comprehensive, complete, utter, far-reaching, total, absolute.
4. bottomless sunken, fathomless, abysmal.
ANT.: 1. superficial, shallow, mindless. 2. insincere, unfeeling. 3. partial, slight. 4. shallow
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Extending far downward or inward from a surface: abysmal, deep. See SURFACE. 2. Resulting from or affecting one's innermost feelings: deep, intense, strong. See STRONG, SURFACE. 3. Beyond the understanding of an average mind: abstruse, deep, esoteric, recondite. Slang: heavy. See EASY, SURFACE.

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  • Profound — Pro*found , a. [F. profond, L. profundus; pro before, forward + fundus the bottom. See {Found} to establish, {Bottom} lowest part.] 1. Descending far below the surface; opening or reaching to a great depth; deep. A gulf profound. Milton. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • profound — [prō found′, prəfound′] adj. [ME < OFr profund < L profundus < pro , forward (see PRO 2) + fundus, BOTTOM] 1. very deep or low [a profound abyss, sleep, etc.] 2. marked by intellectual depth [a profound discussion] 3. i …   English World dictionary

  • profound — [adj1] intellectual, thoughtful abstruse, acroamatic, deep, difficult, discerning, enlightened, erudite, esoteric, heavy*, hermetic, informed, intellectual, intelligent, knowing, knowledgeable, learned, mysterious, occult, Orphic, penetrating,… …   New thesaurus

  • Profound — Pro*found , n. 1. The deep; the sea; the ocean. [1913 Webster] God in the fathomless profound Hath all this choice commanders drowned. Sandys. [1913 Webster] 2. An abyss. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • profound — (adj.) c.1300, characterized by intellectual depth, from O.Fr. profund (late 12c.), from L. profundus deep, bottomless, vast, also obscure, profound, from pro forth (see PRO (Cf. pro )) + fundus bottom (see FUND (Cf. fund) (n.)). The literal and… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Profound — Pro*found , v. t. To cause to sink deeply; to cause to dive or penetrate far down. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Profound — Pro*found , v. i. To dive deeply; to penetrate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • profound — I (esoteric) adjective abstruse, acroamatic, acroamatical, acroatic, astute, complicated, erudite, esoteric, gnostic, intellectual, intellectually deep, knowing, learned, oracular, penetrating, perceptive, philosophical, recondite, reflective,… …   Law dictionary

  • profound — *deep, abysmal Analogous words: penetrating, probing, piercing (see ENTER): scrutinizing, inspecting, examining (see SCRUTINIZE) Antonyms: shallow …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • profound — ► ADJECTIVE (profounder, profoundest) 1) very great or intense. 2) showing great knowledge or insight. 3) demanding deep study or thought. 4) archaic very deep. DERIVATIVES profoundly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • profound — 01. The death of her father at an early age had a [profound] effect on Baptista. 02. There is a [profound] difference in thinking between the two leaders, which makes reaching an agreement extremely difficult. 03. People were [profoundly] shocked …   Grammatical examples in English

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