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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 of professed
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

profess

[pruh-fes] /prəˈfɛs/
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
Related forms
preprofess, verb (used with object)
unprofessing, adjective
Synonyms
1. claim, allege, purport, avow.
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  • Often had he professed his readiness to prove his vocation by fire.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7) John Addington Symonds
  • Though he professed to like Philip, yet he saw but little of him.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It is needless here to discuss the professed but spurious reasons why Italy declared war upon Turkey in 1911.

    Under Four Administrations Oscar S. Straus
  • It was as if a professed unbeliever in ghosts should be frightened by a ghost story.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • I should doubt that the setting sun would rise again, as soon as the truth of those who have professed to love me.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
British Dictionary definitions for 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

profess

/prəˈfɛs/
verb
1.
to affirm or announce (something, such as faith); acknowledge: to profess ignorance, to profess a belief in God
2.
(transitive) 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
Word Origin
C14: from Latin prōfitērī to confess openly, from pro-1 + fatērī to confess
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Word Origin and History for 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.

profess

v.

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.

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