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[pruh-fuhn-di-tee] /prəˈfʌn dɪ ti/
noun, plural profundities for 2, 3.
the quality or state of being profound; depth.
Usually, profundities. profound or deep matters.
a profoundly deep place; abyss.
Origin of profundity
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English profundite < Late Latin profunditās. See profound, -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • profundity of all kinds is my happy hunting-ground, and on this trip I expect to get all the profundity I want.

  • He surpasses them in the variety of his ailments, and the profundity of his pains.

    Modern Skepticism C. J. Ellicott
  • To me, this is a mystery which deepens in profundity the more I try to fathom it.

  • Endeavour can find no footing in this profundity of experience.

    The Secret Life Elizabeth Bisland
  • I slept soundly, vying in the profundity of slumber with the immortal seven, till late in the morning.

    The Captive in Patagonia Benjamin Franklin Bourne
  • It would ill become me, a pupil of this philosophy, to deny its profundity.

    Soliloquies in England George Santayana
  • Abstruseness in expression is very frequently regarded as an indication of profundity.

    The Young Man and the World Albert J. Beveridge
Word Origin and History for profundity

early 15c., "bottom of the sea," from Old French profundite (Modern French profondité) and directly from Late Latin profunditatem (nominative profunditas) "depth, intensity, immensity," from profundus "deep, vast" (see profound). Meaning "depth of intellect" in English is from c.1500.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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