Similarly, the thirty-nine framers at Philadelphia were allowed to profess their faith even in the public square.
To them, a politician is supposed to play it safe and profess as his goals only those things that are potentially attainable.
But will his poetic voice that you profess to love so much change now that his political voice has?
She can profess her faith, but Huckabee has studied the scriptures and ministered to the faithful.
Those who profess to know him well, display dismay that he could have such an extraordinary lapse in discipline and control.
They do not profess Mohammedanism and have implicit confidence in their "grigris."
In vain, dear Caroline, you urge me to think; I profess only to feel.
The class of diviners called Ichiko profess to give tidings of the dead, or of those who have gone to distant countries.
I conjure you by that which you profess, (how'er you come to know it,) answer me to what I ask you.
They profess the Lutheran doctrine of justification, but reject the notion of the invisible Church and the universal priesthood.
early 14c., "to take a vow" (in a religious order), a back-formation from profession or else from Old French profes, from Medieval Latin professus "avowed," literally "having declared publicly," past participle of Latin profiteri "declare openly, testify voluntarily, acknowledge, make public statement of," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + fateri (past participle fassus) "acknowledge, confess," akin to fari "speak" (see fame (n.)). Meaning "declare openly" first recorded 1520s, "a direct borrowing of the sense from Latin" [Barnhart]. Related: Professed; professing.