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profundity

noun

  1. (reconditeness)  wisdom that is recondite, abstruse, and profound
    Synonyms: abstruseness, abstrusity, profoundness, reconditeness. Type of: wisdom
  2. (intellectual depth)  intellectual depth; penetrating knowledge; keen insight
    Synonyms: profoundness. Type of: depth
  3. (sapience)  the intellectual ability to penetrate deeply into ideas
    Synonyms: astuteness, deepness, depth, profoundness. Type of: wisdom
  4. (quality, being physically)  the quality of being physically deep
    Synonyms: deepness, profoundness. Type of: depth

Etymology summary

Middle English profundite, from Old French, from Late Latin profunditās, from...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

profundity | profoundness | profound | thoroughgoing [synonym, sense-specific] | abyss [synonym, sense-specific] | extensive [synonym, sense-specific] | profoundly [adverb, derived]

the quality or state of penetrating deeply into subjects or ideas | the quality or state of showing or requiring great knowledge or understanding | ... (23 of 564 words, 13 definitions, 17 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/profundity

Merriam-Webster:

profundity | profundities [plural] | deepness [synonym, sense-specific] | profoundness [synonym, sense-specific] | depth [synonym, sense-specific] | discernment [similar, sense-specific] | perception [similar, sense-specific] | perceptiveness [similar, sense-specific] | perceptivity [similar, sense-specific] | ...

intellectual depth ; something profound or abstruse | the quality or state of being profound or deep (16 of 128 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/profundity

Oxford Dictionary:

profundity | profundities [plural]

great depth of insight or knowledge | great depth or intensity of a state, quality, or emotion | a statement or idea that shows great knowledge or ... (25 of 67 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/profundity

Cambridge Dictionary:

profundity [entry 1, formal]

the quality of showing a clear and deep understanding of serious matters | a remark or thought that shows, or is intended to show, great understanding (25 of 51 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/profundity 1

profundity [entry 2, formal]

the quality of being felt or experienced very strongly (9 of 19 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/profundity 2

Macmillan British Dictionary:

profundity [uncountable, formal]

the quality of being very wise and serious | seriousness, or importance (11 of 40 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/profundity

American Heritage Dictionary:

profundity | profundities [plural]

Great depth. | Depth of intellect, feeling, or meaning. | Something profound or abstruse. (12 of 36 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/profundity

Random House Dictionary:

profundity | profundities [sense-specific, plural]

the quality or state of being profound; depth. | profound or deep matters. | a profoundly deep place; abyss. (17 of 32 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/profundity

New World Dictionary:

profundity | profundities [plural]

depth, especially great depth | intellectual depth | a profound idea, matter, etc. (11 of 26 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/profundity

Wiktionary:

profundity | profundities [plural] | profoundness [synonym, sense-specific]

The state of being profound or abstruse. | A great depth. | Deep intellect or insight. (14 of 15 words, 3 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/profundity

Encarta Dictionary:

profundity | profundities [plural]

intense intellectual or human insight that deals seriously with the most vital aspects of any question | something that shows great perceptiveness or ... (22 of 93 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861736680​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

profundity | profundities [plural]

Origin: Middle English profundite, from Old French, from Late Latin profunditās, from Latin profundus, deep; see "profound".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/profundity

Collins Dictionary:

profundity | profoundness | profound

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old French profund, from Latin profundus deep, from pro-1 + fundus bottom

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/profundity

Merriam-Webster:

profundity | profundities [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English profundite, from Latin profunditat-, profunditas depth, from profundus

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/profundity

New World Dictionary:

profundity | profundities [plural]

Origin: Middle English profundite from Middle French from Late Latin profunditas

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/profundity

Wiktionary:

profundity | profundities [plural]

Origin: Latin profunditās. Compare profoundness.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/profundity

Encarta Dictionary:

profundity | profundities [plural]

First use: 15th century

Origin: French from late Latin profunditas from profundus

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861736680​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

profundity | profoundness | profound

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "profundity"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/profundity

Cambridge Dictionary:

profundity [entry 1, formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "profundity"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "profundity"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/profundity 1

Macmillan British Dictionary:

profundity [uncountable, formal]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "profundity"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

profundity [uncountable, formal]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "profundity"

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the Free Dictionary:

profundity

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "profundity"

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Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "profundity" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

profundity | profundities [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "profundity"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

profundity

Audio: North American pronunciation of "profundity"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=profun​01 word=profundity

YourDictionary Audio:

profundity

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "profundity" by speech synthesizer

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