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as in: profound idea Define
deep or far-reaching in intellect or consequence
  • She shared a profound insight.
  • She is a profound thinker.
  • a profound book
  • The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
    Niels Bohr

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  • a profound mind
  • The profound statement by the speaker had an effect on everyone in the audience.
  • He says it like he’s about to follow it up with something profound, but instead, my name is the only thing he says.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • When I pointed this out to Father, he was as delighted as though I had made a profound discovery.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • "In ten years from tomorrow, I’ll be twenty." I don’t know why I said it out loud. It was just this profound realization, and it had to be shared.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • All of this is to say that when the squirrel in the Tickhams’ backyard got swallowed up by the Ulysses 2000X, there weren’t a lot of terribly profound thoughts going through his head.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses

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  • Tom’s getting very profound.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Down inside I had important things to tell her, big profound things, but I couldn’t make any words come out.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • Sounds always affected me profoundly and the principal’s voice was one of my favorites.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Upon the corner of the moon
    There hangs a vaporous drop profound;
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • ...the world we inhabit and the people we surround ourselves with have a profound effect on who we are.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • ...rules of that sort ... can’t possibly be expected to apply to profound students and great thinkers and sages.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew
  • The speech was much the same each year: recollection of the time of childhood and the period of preparation, the coming responsibilities of adult life, the profound importance of Assignment, the seriousness of training to come.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • ...many profound thoughts were incidentally suggested to me, capable of a transcendental and Platonic application;
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Here I’d thought this gesture was so deep, so profound, and it was just… a mistake.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • what profound conclusions were they drawing?
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • For a second she really did remind me of Neferet, and I wondered whether she was going to say something profound and leader-like.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • ...he would give us good counsel in this emergency, for he was a profound philosopher.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • ...it is based on a seemingly obvious—but nonetheless quite profound—observation.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • This is profound thinking if you understand how unstable "the truth" can be.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • "Maritain has some profound things to say about the religion of racists," he said, leafing the book.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Yet, had Alymer reached a profounder wisdom, he need not thus have flung away the happiness which...
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • He added with the air of a profound thinker, "One is indebted sometimes to fortune, sometimes to ruse, for the happy issue of great enterprises."
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • ...what is only complex is mistaken (a not unusual error) for what is profound.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • It’s accurate but it isn’t profound.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • I had this wild thought that he was the only one in all this chaos who was just like me, and that was comforting and profound all at once.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • But nothing he can do to himself would have the kind of profound effect on him it would have on you or Jonathan, because you were so young.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • I have, since I was three year old, conversed with a magician, most profound in his art and yet not damnable.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • The mild alcoholic fog prevented any profound analysis of what had happened,
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • We know he’s about to tell us something that he thinks is dead profound.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • And profound Solomon
    William Shakespeare  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • So you see he would have been a very profound old man, indeed, to suspect...
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Tell-Tale Heart
  • ... "This is some of my great wisdom!"
    But Vainamoinen merely smiled and asked his challenger to speak of more profound things.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • The idea was profound, but as usual, in Maycomb it didn’t work very well.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • She was acquainted with the profound importance of seal blubber.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • I devoted three days to the studious digesting of all this beer, beef, and bread, during which many profound thoughts were incidentally suggested to me
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • fell into a profound sleep
  • It seems, from what I gather, to be one of those simple cases which are so extremely difficult. That sounds a little paradoxical. But it is profoundly true.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • I think I see in him an intellect profounder and more unique than his contemporaries have yet recognised;
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • And when I saw my devil, I found him serious, thorough, profound, solemn: he was the spirit of gravity—through him all things fall.
    Nietzsche, Friedrich  --  Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book For All And None
  • The sentiments which animate my heart assure me that the lines I have just written express a Profound Truth.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  The Woman in White
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as in: profound idea Define
deep or far-reaching in intellect or consequence
as in: profound sadness Define
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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