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
  1. noun
    the quality of being physically deep
    synonyms: deepness, profundity
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    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
  2. noun
    extremeness of degree
    “the profoundness of his ignorance”
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    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"
  3. noun
    intellectual depth; penetrating knowledge; keen insight; etc
    “the profoundness of the silence”
    synonyms: profundity
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    shallowness, superficiality
    lack of depth of knowledge or thought or feeling
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    degree of psychological or intellectual profundity
  4. noun
    the intellectual ability to penetrate deeply into ideas
    synonyms: astuteness, deepness, depth, profundity
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    sapience, wisdom
    ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight
  5. noun
    wisdom that is recondite and abstruse and profound
    synonyms: abstruseness, abstrusity, profundity, reconditeness
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    type of:
    accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment
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