professed

[pruh-fest]
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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.

Nearby words

  1. profascist,
  2. profeminist,
  3. profer,
  4. profert,
  5. profess,
  6. professedly,
  7. profession,
  8. professional,
  9. professional association,
  10. professional corporation

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

self-professed

adjective

avowed or acknowledged by oneself

professed

adjective (prenominal)

avowed or acknowledged
alleged or pretended
professing to be qualified asa professed philosopher
having taken vows of a religious order
Derived Formsprofessedly (prəˈfɛsɪdlɪ), adverb

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Word Origin and History for self-professed

professed

adj.

"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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