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profound -- as in: profound sadness
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as in: profound sadness Define
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
  • Her apology was heartfelt—expressing profound sorrow and regret.
  • It was a profound spiritual experience that changed her life.
  • The law will have a profound effect on society.
  • Essentially, each human is capable of having a profound experience of God and nature.
    Deism - Wikipedia  --  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deism(retrieved 05/21/06)

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  • It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
    Krishnamurti
  • Although she was a respectable driver, she hated to operate anything mechanical more complicated than a safety pin: folding lawn chairs were a source of profound irritation to her;
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Since I was a little kid, I’ve had this profound connection with and love for deep, dark, unmolested woods.
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • So we came to Beaufort, a town I grew to love with passion and without apology for its serenity, ..., and for its profound and infinite beauty.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Like Holmes, many Civil War soldiers felt a profound and passionate commitment to the ideological purposes for which they fought.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Liam didn’t looked stressed so much as profoundly sad.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds

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  • This wasn’t just a readiness to accept Fate; this was a quiet and profound conviction about the vanity of all human endeavour.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • This seemed like a safe statement to make when someone as truly, profoundly strange as William Spiver was standing beside her.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • The stillness was so profound that he heard a little animal twittering somewhere near by under the snow.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • I feel impelled to mention one other point in your statement that has troubled me profoundly.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • ...even in the most perfect love one person loves less profoundly than the other.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • There was silence so profound, Hannah wondered if she had gone deaf.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • He is hurt, but it is more a profound humiliation than a physical injury.
    Edward Albee  --  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • He rais’d a sigh so piteous and profound
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • The Englishman had been profoundly impressed by the story.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • ...a profound desire to learn...
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • But what he was contemplating with that profound gaze was not her beauty but her soul.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Shame was upon him, and with it profound regret that he was, perhaps, no more to be counted in the ranks of his fellows.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Tita knew perfectly well that her mother felt profoundly humiliated because not only did she have to allow Tita back into her house again but until she recovered she needed Tita to take care of her.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • But often it was profoundly hilarious, and the audience howled with delight.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • He was alone, profoundly, inescapably.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • Now a strong current of emotion flowed through her, profound and unidentified.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • I could only conclude that his attitude came from an overwhelming love for his child, so profound it spilled over to all humanity.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Blackness was rushing in at the edges of his vision—a more profound blackness than the darkness of sleep.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • This time, though, Lourdes longs for a profound emptiness, to be clean and hollow as a flute.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • But that will never happen again, and I am so very profoundly sorry.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • There was a gravity in his manner and a quiet so profound that all talk stopped when he spoke.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • Then slowly they saw the forms of the encircling mountains mirrored in a profound blue,
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • But today, for me, is profoundly different than yesterday.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • profound conceit
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • ...and it occurred to me that there was no difference between men, in intelligence or race, so profound as the difference between the sick and the well.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • There was a long silence, profound and unbroken;
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Sethe learned the profound satisfaction Beloved got from storytelling.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • the profound desolation of the ocean
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • the most profound of slumbers
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • with profound respect
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Troy is usually the most talkative and at times he can be crude and almost vulgar, though he is capable of rising to profound heights of expression.
    August Wilson  --  Fences
  • Profound wounds of right knee and foot.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • Winnie was profoundly grateful for that.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • She listened to him with profound tenderness.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • I am a man who, from his youth upwards, has been filled with a profound conviction that the easiest way of life is the best.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • loved him more profoundly than ever
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • ...to the hidden evil, to the profound darkness of its heart.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • a feeling of profound melancholy
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • At times, again, I was obliged to resolve all into the mere inexplicable vagaries of madness, for I beheld him gazing upon vacancy for long hours, in an attitude of the profoundest attention, as if listening to some imaginary sound.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • But now Gilgamesh was overcome by weakness, for sleep had seized him suddenly, a profound sleep held him; he lay on the ground, stretched out speechless, as though in a dream.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
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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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