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profundity

[pruh-fuhn-di-tee] /prəˈfʌn dɪ ti/
noun, plural profundities for 2, 3.
1.
the quality or state of being profound; depth.
2.
Usually, profundities. profound or deep matters.
3.
a profoundly deep place; abyss.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English profundite < Late Latin profunditās. See profound, -ity
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  • Old age doesn't automatically confer wisdom and artistic profundity.
  • Trying to cloak anger and lack of profundity in some kind of dismissive over-simplification.
  • His purpose has been to elucidate the profundity of that human experience.
  • Don't look for profundity or subtlety in these dispatches.
  • And photographs of antique mirrors fall short of philosophical profundity.
  • One is that preposterousness, far from being a problem for a theory, is a measure of its profundity.
  • And the reader will observe this sudden rude intrusion of pseudo-mythical truth as a sign of profundity.
  • But its insistence on its own profundity is wearying.
  • It was an afternoon marred by neither pretension nor profundity.
  • The show's nearly single-minded devotion to painting accounts for the humbling breadth of its vision and profundity.
Word Origin and History for profundity
n.

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.

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