professed

[ pruh-fest ]
/ prəˈfɛst /

adjective

avowed; acknowledged.
professing to be qualified; professional, rather than amateur.
having taken the vows of, or been received into, a religious order.
alleged; pretended.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM professed

half-pro·fessed, adjectivenon·pro·fessed, adjectiveself-pro·fessed, adjectiveun·pro·fessed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for professed

professed
/ (prəˈfɛst) /

adjective (prenominal)

avowed or acknowledged
alleged or pretended
professing to be qualified asa professed philosopher
having taken vows of a religious order

Derived forms of professed

professedly (prəˈfɛsɪdlɪ), adverb
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