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professed

[pruh-fest] /prəˈfɛst/
adjective
1.
avowed; acknowledged.
2.
professing to be qualified; professional, rather than amateur.
3.
having taken the vows of, or been received into, a religious order.
4.
alleged; pretended.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English (in religious sense) < Medieval Latin profess(us) (special use of Latin professus, past participle of profitērī to declare publicly, equivalent to pro- pro-1 + -fet-, combining form of fatērī to acknowledge + -tus past participle suffix, with tt > ss) + -ed2
Related forms
half-professed, adjective
nonprofessed, adjective
self-professed, adjective
unprofessed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for half professed

professed

/prəˈfɛst/
adjective (prenominal)
1.
avowed or acknowledged
2.
alleged or pretended
3.
professing to be qualified as: a professed philosopher
4.
having taken vows of a religious order
Derived Forms
professedly (prəˈfɛsɪdlɪ) adverb
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Word Origin and History for half professed

professed

adj.

"openly declared," 1560s, past participle adjective from profess. Earlier in a more specific sense of "having taken vows of a religious order" (late 14c.). Related: Professedly.

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