Profoundness is the characteristic of being full of meaningful insight. The profoundness of your favorite movie's final moments may make you cry every single time you watch it.

Profoundness and profound come from the Latin root profundus, which means "deep, vast," and also "obscure." This sense of obscurity, or being hard to understand, is evident in philosophical profoundness — you know it's deep and important, but you're not sure you totally get it. Another kind of profoundness is intensity. After you wake from a terrible nightmare, the profoundness of your fear may keep you frozen in terror for several minutes.

Definitions of profoundness

n the quality of being physically deep

deepness, profundity
the quality of lacking physical depth
the property of being very deep; without limit
Type of:
deepness, depth
the extent downward or backward or inward

n extremeness of degree

“the profoundness of his ignorance”
Type of:
ultimacy, ultimateness
the state or degree of being ultimate; the final or most extreme in degree or size or time or distance, "the ultimacy of these social values"

n intellectual depth; penetrating knowledge; keen insight; etc

“the profoundness of the silence”
shallowness, superficiality
lack of depth of knowledge or thought or feeling
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degree of psychological or intellectual profundity

n the intellectual ability to penetrate deeply into ideas

astuteness, deepness, depth, profundity
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sapience, wisdom
ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight

n wisdom that is recondite and abstruse and profound

abstruseness, abstrusity, profundity, reconditeness
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accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment

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