Origin of professed
- to lay claim to, often insincerely; pretend to: He professed extreme regret.
- to declare openly; announce or affirm; avow or acknowledge: to profess one's satisfaction.
- to affirm faith in or allegiance to (a religion, God, etc.).
- to declare oneself skilled or expert in; claim to have knowledge of; make (a thing) one's profession or business.
- to teach as a professor: She professes comparative literature.
- to receive or admit into a religious order.
- to make a profession, avowal, or declaration.
- to take the vows of a religious order.
Origin of profess
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Examples from the Web for professed
Joe Biden and John McCain professed undying love and loyalty for each other, even though, as Biden noted, “I drive him crazy.”Kissy-Face The Nation: Washington’s Power Elite Smooch Bob Schieffer
November 18, 2014
As a professed bi-sexual, Evans is misunderstood by those who find her choices offensive.Risky Business or None of Your Business? Gay XXX Films and the Condom Question
November 1, 2014
And by the way, if we really are just a colony of Europe, where did the rock and roll she professed to love so much come from?Still Desperately Seeking Susan Sontag
September 26, 2014
A few of these along the coast had been weaned from their wicked ways and professed and called themselves Christians.The Story Behind The World’s Greatest Headline
January 21, 2014
He was professed as a Redemptorist in 1950, and ordained a priest seven years later.Week in Death: The Peacemaker Priest
November 24, 2013
Though he professed to like Philip, yet he saw but little of him.Night and Morning, Complete
It was as if a professed unbeliever in ghosts should be frightened by a ghost story.A Tale of Two Cities
He was baptised in the Ouse, and became a professed member of the Baptist congregation.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
Henry professed to be pleased that she had accepted his ideas so completely.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
"And you professed to be telling me everything interesting," he reproached her.Cleo The Magnificent
- avowed or acknowledged
- alleged or pretended
- professing to be qualified asa professed philosopher
- having taken vows of a religious order
- to affirm or announce (something, such as faith); acknowledgeto profess ignorance; to profess a belief in God
- (tr) to claim (something, such as a feeling or skill, or to be or do something), often insincerely or falselyto profess to be a skilled driver
- to receive or be received into a religious order, as by taking vows
Word Origin and History for professed
"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.
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.