professed

[pruh-fest]
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:
1300–50; 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

half-professed, adjective
nonprofessed, adjective
self-professed, adjective
unprofessed, adjective
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profess

[pruh-fes]
verb (used with object)
1.
to lay claim to, often insincerely; pretend to: He professed extreme regret.
2.
to declare openly; announce or affirm; avow or acknowledge: to profess one's satisfaction.
3.
to affirm faith in or allegiance to (a religion, God, etc.).
4.
to declare oneself skilled or expert in; claim to have knowledge of; make (a thing) one's profession or business.
5.
to teach as a professor: She professes comparative literature.
6.
to receive or admit into a religious order.
verb (used without object)
7.
to make a profession, avowal, or declaration.
8.
to take the vows of a religious order.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English; back formation from professed

preprofess, verb (used with object)
unprofessing, adjective


1. claim, allege, purport, avow.
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profess (prəˈfɛs)
 
vb
1.  to affirm or announce (something, such as faith); acknowledge: to profess ignorance; to profess a belief in God
2.  (tr) to claim (something, such as a feeling or skill, or to be or do something), often insincerely or falsely: to profess to be a skilled driver
3.  to receive or be received into a religious order, as by taking vows
 
[C14: from Latin prōfitērī to confess openly, from pro-1 + fatērī to confess]

professed (prəˈfɛst)
 
adj
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
 
professedly
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

profess
early 14c., "to take a vow" (in a religious order), from O.Fr. profes, from L. professus "having declared publicly," pp. of profitieri "declare openly," from pro- "forth" + fateri (pp. fassus) "acknowledge, confess." Meaning "declare openly" first recorded 1520s.

professed
"openly declared," 1560s, pp. adj. from profess.
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Example sentences
At the end of this self-inflicted gavage, he could barely breathe or walk,
  though he professed to have enjoyed it.
Curiously, many who took part in the duel professed to disdain it.
Actual nonprofit work is undertaken by a relatively limited number of people
  who have a professed political investment in it.
Also, many past successful candidates have either married one of our colleagues
  or professed a blood relationship to one of them.
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