Definition of professed in English:

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Pronunciation: /prəˈfest/


1(Of a quality, feeling, or belief) claimed or asserted openly but often falsely: for all her professed populism, she was seen as remote from ordinary people
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  • Could we not argue instead that his professed beliefs merely reflect the needs of the hour?
  • The way this has been announced contrasts sharply with their professed belief in partnership.
  • They could call me to account when my actions didn't match my professed beliefs.
claimed, supposed, ostensible, self-styled, apparent, pretended, purported
2(Of a person) self-acknowledged or openly declared to be: a professed and conforming Anglican
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  • A professed lesbian and the only daughter to have left home, she is now a successful university professor who has no intentions of leaving her life in Minneapolis.
  • The Malaysian-born Sebastian is a Pentecostal Christian teacher from Adelaide, and professed virgin.
  • How many professed atheists are there in Congress?
declared, self-acknowledged, self-confessed, confessed, sworn, avowed, confirmed
2.1(Of a monk or nun) having taken the vows of a religious order.
Example sentences
  • Thérèse also made a vow, informally as a young child, and formally on two occasions as a professed Carmelite nun, to refuse nothing to Jesus.
  • For many nuns their status as a professed religious did not necessarily obviate access to various parts of familial patrimony.
  • In 1515 an attempt by several individuals to circumvent the inheritance of the daughters of Francisco de Cueto and Juana de Ochoa, professed nuns at Santa Catalina, was uncovered.
2.2 archaic Claiming to be qualified as a particular specialist; professional.

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Syllabification: pro·fessed

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