Definition of profession in English:

profession

Line breaks: pro|fes¦sion
Pronunciation: /prəˈfɛʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

1A paid occupation, especially one that involves prolonged training and a formal qualification: his chosen profession of teaching a barrister by profession
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  • Meanwhile US hacks have convinced themselves that they're involved in a profession rather than a craft.
  • By profession he was a poet, and he'd appeared in Galway several times before - at poetry readings, unaccompanied by a band.
  • By profession I am a well-known book illustrator and artist.
Synonyms
career, occupation, calling, vocation, line of work, line of employment, line, métier; business, trade, craft, walk of life, sphere; job, position; Scottishway
informal racket
archaic employ
1.1 [treated as singular or plural] A body of people engaged in a particular profession: the legal profession has become increasingly business-conscious
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  • The Law Society of Alberta, the regulatory body for the legal profession, says no complaints have been filed as of yet against anyone.
  • The legal profession's peak body, the Law Council, called on judges to boycott the new regime.
  • That is a very proper process, as essentially this is the constitution of the legal profession in our nation.
2An open but often false claim: his profession of delight rang hollow
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  • Nations have frequently tired of freedom and yielded themselves to tyrants, but not because of guileless trust in false professions.
  • In his professions, he claimed the Blair Witch had placed a hex on him, forcing him to commit the murders.
  • The great point of that book was to deal with this problem of a false profession.
Synonyms
declaration, affirmation, statement, announcement, proclamation, assertion, avowal, vow, claim, allegation, protestation; acknowledgement, admission, confession
3A declaration of belief in a religion: [mass noun]: they were baptized on profession of faith
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  • Generally, chaplains of any faith can gain access to local religious leaders since religion and a profession of faith are the common bonds.
  • Having ‘God’ in it divides us and attempts to link patriotism to public professions of religious belief.
  • Living ‘by faith in’ suggests that faith is a profession to be asserted, a willed thing.
3.1The declaration or vows made on entering a religious order.
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  • Ironically, religious profession and the renuncia could create an opportunity for women to administer property autonomously.
3.2 [mass noun] The ceremony or fact of being professed in a religious order: after profession she taught in Maidenhead
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  • Also celebrating her 50th Anniversary of religious profession, Sister Edna O'Connor, a native of Irishtown.
  • At solemn profession, I placed my hands in those of my prioress, professing to live my vows usque ad mortem, until death.

Origin

Middle English (denoting the vow made on entering a religious order): via Old French from Latin professio(n-), from profiteri 'declare publicly' (see profess). sense 1 derives from the notion of an occupation that one ‘professes’ to be skilled in.

Phrases

the oldest profession

humorous The practice of working as a prostitute.
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  • Yes, the oldest profession (even when it's called ‘escort’) is, ‘Society’ wise, not the most respected.
  • Even though love-at-work is as old as the world's oldest profession, the days of women being suspected of sleeping their way to the middle are not over.
  • It feels that the crackdown will drive prostitution and brothels even further underground, making the oldest profession even more dangerous for both the women and their punters.

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