- professional association,
- professional corporation
Origin of professed
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of profess
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|Lloyd Grove|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Aurora Snow|November 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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?
A few of these along the coast had been weaned from their wicked ways and professed and called themselves Christians.
He was professed as a Redemptorist in 1950, and ordained a priest seven years later.
And now he became fully conscious of the wrong he had done to her he once professed to love.
Many of these schools claimed a place in the church, and professed a higher life and knowledge than ordinary Christians possessed.A Short History of Monks and Monasteries|Alfred Wesley Wishart
Though he professed to like Philip, yet he saw but little of him.Night and Morning, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Her professed policy was not to lean on any party, but to try and hold the balance between them.History of Holland|George Edmundson
Next morning he was sleeping soundly, but later on he professed to be much better.In Flanders Fields and Other Poems|John McCrae
Word Origin for profess
"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.