(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. erudite, learned, abstruse; heavy, weighty, deep; heartfelt, intense; complete, thorough. See feeling, greatness, knowledge, depth. Ant., shallow.
(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 .
(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.
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
(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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