verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of profess
Examples from the Web for professing
She writes of being “ashamed” of disavowing feminism, professing ignorance of its meaning and mission.
Marco Rubio did his best Barack Obama impression Thursday, professing his profound belief in the American Dream.WATCH VIDEO: Must-See Moments from the Republican National Convention|The Daily Beast Video|August 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But this handsome, media-friendly president is constantly discoursing and professing.
I am afraid of what you people can create,” professing concern “that some nut is going to be stirred up.
Professing to do good to all as you have opportunity, be consistent in this matter.Select Temperance Tracts|American Tract Society
A great majority of the teachers of our common schools are professing Christians.In the School-Room|John S. Hart
Emissaries now came saying that the invasion was wholly unexpected, professing peaceful intentions, and asking for a parley.The Old Northwest|Frederic Austin Ogg
Lefever, professing he would not drink alone, called for cigarettes.Nan of Music Mountain|Frank H. Spearman
While professing to give the passages needful explanations, they had heaped upon them impenetrable obscurations.
British Dictionary definitions for professing
Word Origin for profess
Word Origin and History for professing
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.