• WordNet 3.6
    • adj professed openly declared as such "an avowed enemy","her professed love of everything about that country","McKinley was assassinated by a professed anarchist"
    • adj professed claimed with intent to deceive "his professed intentions"
    • adj professed professing to be qualified "a professed philosopher"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, was an ophthalmologist by profession
    • a Professed Openly declared, avowed, acknowledged, or claimed; as, a professed foe; a professed tyrant; a professed Christian.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • professed Avowed; declared; pledged by profession; professional: as, a professed woman-hater; a professed nun; a professed cook.
    • professed one who by promise freely made and accepted has, after a year of probation, been received in and bound to a religious order.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Professed openly declared: avowed: acknowledged
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  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
    “The training of children is a profession, where we must know how to waste time in order to save it”
  • Corra May Harris
    Corra May Harris
    “The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “My art and profession is to live.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “I hold every man a debtor to his profession.”
  • George Eliot
    “The best augury of a man's success in his profession is that he thinks it the finest in the world.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “All professions are conspiracies against the laity.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. profès, professed, said of a member of a religious order—L. professus, perf. p. of profitēripro, publicly, fatēri, to confess.


In literature:

Every profession or interest of labor has peculiar ideas and special purposes.
"Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions" by George S. Boutwell
We are not to judge Rationalism by its professions.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
The knowledge and experience which Cooper then gained was something beyond and above what belonged to his profession.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
The Mayor professed to regard the Comptroller's withdrawal from his office as a resignation of his post.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
Charles was a professed Protestant; James was a professed Papist.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
His means, his profession, his belongings have never anything to do with the question.
"The Tragic Muse" by Henry James
To promote this idea the profession of schoolmaster was taken up for the time.
"Victorian Worthies" by George Henry Blore
The son subsequently quitted the stage, and resumed his first profession.
"Art in England" by Dutton Cook
It was about this period, that Mr. Bassett left the office, and went into the profession on his own account.
"The Monctons: A Novel, Volume I" by Susanna Moodie
Thus was Episcopacy professed in Massachusetts, and thus was it exiled.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2" by Egerton Ryerson

In poetry:

At least that doctrine I profess,
For there I know lies happiness;
But hope, for all the shifts I try,
Will be my sovereign till I die.
"Hope" by Gamaliel Bradford
Their thoughts and ways at once declare,
Whate'er their lips profess,
God hath no wrath for them to fear,
Nor will they seek his grace.
"Psalm XXXVI: High in the Heav'ns" by Isaac Watts
For us He also bore the loss
Of his best blood upon the cross —
And unto God, for ever bless'd,
He made us friends, from foes profess'd.
"A Hymn, Or Carol, For Christmas-Day" by Rees Prichard
In vain Religion you profess,
If works do not your faith express,
They can't exist, unless both meet,
No more than fire can, without heat.
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard
To some he speaks as once of old,
I know thee, thy profession's vain;
Since thou art neither hot nor cold,
I'll spit thee from me with disdain.
"Laodicea" by John Newton
Knowledge, and zeal, and gifts, and talk,
Unless combined with faith and love,
And witnessed by a gospel walk,
Will not a true profession prove.
"The Blasted Fig-Tree" by John Newton

In news:

Chicago native Loring Mandel never imagined his profession might be writing for television.
Skilled welders are among the professions most in demand, according to many business surveys.
Nothing personal to either profession, but contractors in Margate are as common as clowns in a circus.
She was one of the early women locally in her profession.
When it comes to how crowdsourcing affects the design and engineering professions, the issue can become contentious.
World's Second Oldest Profession: Midwifery in the Midwest, Part II.
World's Second Oldest Profession: Midwifery in the Midwest, Part I.
A follow-up: In that same speech, Senator Leahy repeatedly professes a desire for bipartisanship.
CINCINNATI — Matt Harvey subscribes to a simple description for his profession.
United University Professions is on the alert for word of reductions in faculty and staff at the State University of New York, following the announced loss of 111 employees at the SUNY New Paltz campus.
I ended the year 2011 with ten Megatrends that affect the profession, and we promised to continue the conversation online at my blog.
Luckily for the every-day foodie, there are plenty of options to turn you passion into a profession.
Report Developed by Profession-Wide Effort.
Gus Chan/Plain Dealer Carter Strang, the new president of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, has a fresh strategy for tackling a familiar challenge -- low representation of minorities in the law profession.
The event will benefit returning veterans by placing them in long-term professions in the agriculture industry.

In science:

Profess-Reg. & Ord.publico Eruditorum Examini modeste sub jicit Sven Gustaf Sommelius, Stipendiarius Regius & Palmcreutzianus Lundensis.
On the Complete Solution to the Most General Fifth Degree Polynomial
Possibly this was why later on I have chosen Natural Sciences and Mathematics for my profession.
On the concept of normal shift in non-metric geometry
However, improvements in child care and parental leave policies cannot be easily achieved through individual contributions, but are well within reach of funding agencies – as long as these issues are put on the high-priority list for the profession.
Challenges facing young astrophysicists
As academics, we do enjoy certain flexibility in our profession, and therefore such a facility (or facilities recommended by the institution) should afford flexible part-time options, rather than a binary full-week-or-nothing policy.
Challenges facing young astrophysicists
Many institutions now offer extended time for tenure review for both male and female parents, and we believe that this policy should become the norm of the profession.
Challenges facing young astrophysicists