1. wisdom that is recondite and abstruse and profound (Freq. 1)

the anthropologist was impressed by the reconditeness of the native proverbs

Derivationally related forms: ↑profound, ↑profound (for: ↑profoundness), ↑abstruse (for: ↑abstrusity), ↑abstruse (for: ↑abstruseness)
Hypernyms: ↑wisdom
2. intellectual depth; penetrating knowledge; keen insight; etc (Freq. 1)

the depth of my feeling


the profoundness of the silence

Syn: ↑profoundness
Ant: ↑superficiality
Derivationally related forms: ↑profound (for: ↑profoundness), ↑profound
Hypernyms: ↑depth
3. the intellectual ability to penetrate deeply into ideas
Syn: ↑astuteness, ↑profoundness, ↑depth, ↑deepness
Derivationally related forms: ↑deep (for: ↑deepness), ↑profound (for: ↑profoundness), ↑profound
Hypernyms: ↑wisdom, ↑sapience
4. the quality of being physically deep

the profundity of the mine was almost a mile

Syn: ↑deepness, ↑profoundness
Ant: ↑shallowness (for: ↑deepness)
Derivationally related forms: ↑profound (for: ↑profoundness), ↑profound, ↑deep (for: ↑deepness)
Hypernyms: ↑depth, ↑deepness
Hyponyms: ↑bottomlessness

Useful english dictionary. 2012.


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