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Profound, 1) deep: “in so p. abysm I throw all care,” Sonn. 112, 9. “the p. sea,” Wint. IV, 4, 501. “to the --est pit,” Hml. IV, 5, 132.
2) deep-fetched, coming from the depth of the soul, hearty: “with such a zealous laughter, so p.” LLL V, 2, 116. “a sigh so piteous and p.” Hml. II, 1, 94. “these sighs, these p. heaves,” IV, 1, 1. Hence == heartfelt, touching to the core: “when such p. respects do pull you on,” John III, 1, 318. “with a respect more tender, more holy and p.” Cor. III, 3, 113.
3) intellectually deep, very wise, sage: “to see . . . p. Solomon to tune a jig,” LLL IV, 3, 168. “an opinion of wisdom, gravity, p. conceit,” Merch. I, 1, 92. “a magician most p. in his art,” As V, 2, 67. “no, my p. heart,” Tw. I, 5, 195. Hence == full of meaning and import: “upon the corner of the moon there hangs a vaporous drop p.” Mcb. III, 5, 24.*
4) thorough, complete: “which of your hips has the most p. sciatica?” Meas. I, 2, 59. “in most p. earnest,” Ado V, 1, 198. “p. simplicity,” LLL V, 2, 52.
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