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  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

1300–50; 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 formshalf-pro·fessed, adjectivenon·pro·fessed, adjectiveself-pro·fessed, adjectiveun·pro·fessed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for self-professed


  1. avowed or acknowledged by oneself


adjective (prenominal)
  1. avowed or acknowledged
  2. alleged or pretended
  3. professing to be qualified asa professed philosopher
  4. having taken vows of a religious order
Derived Formsprofessedly (prəˈfɛsɪdlɪ), adverb
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Word Origin and History for self-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.

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