Definition of professed in English:



  • 1(of a quality, feeling, or belief) claimed openly but often falsely.

    ‘for all her professed populism, she was seen as remote from ordinary people’
    • ‘By which they both meant that any professed happiness must swiftly pass, strained through gritted teeth.’
    • ‘Could we not argue instead that his professed beliefs merely reflect the needs of the hour?’
    • ‘Bottoms's own professed interest in Jung also invites that particular psychological approach.’
    • ‘It's harder yet to grasp its significance: the rant against the Roman Antichrist, the intolerance to all outside God's true church, the professed loyalty to the King's Majesty are now alien.’
    • ‘Fortunately, there seems to be little evidence that Prendergast's team of translators shares his professed desire to rough Proust up a bit.’
    • ‘In spite of their professed desire to modernize, many Qing officials believed that the basic principles of Chinese statecraft were based on Confucian prescriptions.’
    • ‘His professed love for things other than club-friendly material might be an indication of where Page's head is at, why it's not yet lost in the clouds of high-paying gigs and international renown.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As discussed below, there are relatively few votes at issue here; it is fair to infer that, notwithstanding their professed confidence, the Democrats are expecting a very tight Senate race.’
    supposed, ostensible, alleged, claimed, so-called, soi-disant, self-styled, apparent, pretended, purported, would-be
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  • 2(of a person) openly declared to be.

    ‘a professed and conforming Anglican’
    • ‘I'm a devout monarchist, a professed atheist, and I'm working on my fourth novel.’
    • ‘By contrast, professed believers claim that only bodily processes cease at death - some kind of spiritual/mental existence continues.’
    • ‘This revival began with a deep conviction of sin on the part of the professed people of God, the members of the Jewish church.’
    • ‘Diplomacy is often compared to poker, even when conducted between professed friends.’
    • ‘The Malaysian-born Sebastian is a Pentecostal Christian teacher from Adelaide, and professed virgin.’
    • ‘He was, for a time, the ‘boy lover’ of the notorious Victoria Woodhull, herself a professed rebel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How many professed atheists are there in Congress?’
    • ‘After seeing him close his mouth, I abruptly turned away and resumed staring at the idiotic carvings of professed lovers, etched into my desk.’
    • ‘That sort of unintended leverage greatly sweetened the deal on behalf of the professed owners, a lot more than the intruders cared to admit to each other.’
    declared, self-acknowledged, self-confessed, confessed, sworn, avowed, confirmed, certified
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    1. 2.1 (of a monk or nun) having taken the vows of a religious order.
      ‘a professed nun’
      • ‘For many nuns their status as a professed religious did not necessarily obviate access to various parts of familial patrimony.’
      • ‘The newly professed brother is one of a family of 11.’
      • ‘Sometimes inheritance disputes began with professed nuns claiming a portion of a brother's estate.’
      • ‘As demonstrated earlier, professed nuns were able to use their renuncias to assign property to relatives and causes of their own choosing, thereby further partitioning a family's property.’
      • ‘Male monasteries did not require dowries of their professed members and represented less of a threat to the family patrimony.’
      • ‘This article examines the contentious and frequently litigious relationship between convents and the families of professed nuns in early-modern Spain.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was not only dowries, alimentos, and other financial sums required by the convent that allowed professed daughters to remain connected to their families' property.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sr Piggott, who celebrated her 50th anniversary as a professed sister last October, said she was overjoyed to learn that Nano had topped the poll.’
    2. 2.2archaic Claiming to be qualified as a particular specialist; professional.