• WordNet 3.6
    • n profession an occupation requiring special education (especially in the liberal arts or sciences)
    • n profession affirmation of acceptance of some religion or faith "a profession of Christianity"
    • n profession an open avowal (true or false) of some belief or opinion "a profession of disagreement"
    • n profession the body of people in a learned occupation "the news spread rapidly through the medical profession","they formed a community of scientists"
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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
    • Profession That of which one professed knowledge; the occupation, if not mechanical, agricultural, or the like, to which one devotes one's self; the business which one professes to understand, and to follow for subsistence; calling; vocation; employment; as, the profession of arms; the profession of a clergyman, lawyer, or physician; the profession of lecturer on chemistry. "Hi tried five or six professions in turn."
    • Profession That which one professed; a declaration; an avowal; a claim; as, his professions are insincere. "The Indians quickly perceive the coincidence or the contradiction between professions and conduct."
    • Profession (Eccl. Law) The act of entering, or becoming a member of, a religious order.
    • Profession The act of professing or claiming; open declaration; public avowal or acknowledgment; as, professions of friendship; a profession of faith. "A solemn vow, promise, and profession ."
    • Profession The collective body of persons engaged in a calling; as, the profession distrust him.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n profession The act of professing; open declaration; public avowal or acknowledgment of one's sentiments or belief.
    • n profession That which is professed; a declaration; a representation or protestation; pretense; specifically, an open and formal avowal of Christian faith and purpose.
    • n profession The calling or occupation which one professes to understand and to follow; vocation; specifically, a vocation in which a professed knowledge of some department of science or learning is used by its practical application to affairs of others, either in advising, guiding, or teaching them, or in serving their interests or welfare in the practice of an art founded on it. Formerly theology, law, and medicine were specifically known as the professions; but, as the applications of science and learning are extended to other departments of affairs, other vocations also receive the name. The word implies professed attainments in special knowledge, as distinguished from mere skill; a practical dealing with affairs, as distinguished from mere study or investigation; and an application of such knowledge to uses for others as a vocation, as distinguished from its pursuit for one's own purposes. In professions strictly so called a preliminary examination as to qualifications is usually demanded by law or usage, and a license or other official authority founded thereon required. In law the significance of the word has been contested under statutes imposing taxes on persons pursuing any “occupation, trade, or profession,” and under statutes authorizing arrest in civil actions for misconduct in a “professional employment”; and it has been, in the former use, held clearly to include the vocation of an attorney, and upon the same principle would doubtless include physicians, unless the mention of trade, etc., in the same clause of the statute be ground for interpreting the statute as relating only to business vocations. Professional employment, in statutes allowing arrest, is regarded as not including a private agency like that of a factor or a real-estate broker, which can be taken up and laid down at pleasure.
    • n profession The collective body of persons engaged in a calling: as, practices disgraceful to the profession; to be at the head of one's profession.
    • n profession The act by which a novice enters into a religious order and takes its vows. In the Roman Catholic Church he or she must be at least sixteen years of age and must have completed a year of probation.
    • n profession Character; nature.
    • n profession Synonyms Vocation, Business, etc. See occupation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Profession the act of professing: open declaration: pretence: an employment not mechanical and requiring some degree of learning: calling or known employment: the collective body of persons engaged in any profession: entrance into a religious order
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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.”
  • Will Rogers
    “Being a hero is about the shortest lived profession on earth.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Humor must not professedly teach and it must not professedly preach, but it must do both if it would live forever.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    “Live truth instead of professing it.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “People of genius do not excel in any profession because they work in it, they work in it because they excel.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. professio,. See Profess (v.)
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:

You have taken upon you the profession of Christianity.
"Food for the Lambs; or, Helps for Young Christians" by Charles Ebert Orr
Truth professed has no transforming power; truth received and fed upon can revolutionise a man's whole character.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)" by Alexander Maclaren
His was the profession that was and ever should be the elect.
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
Music was with them a pastime, not a profession.
"Little Journeys To the Homes of the Great, Volume 3 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Charles was a professed Protestant; James was a professed papist.
"Brave Men and Women" by O.E. Fuller
He was a facetious little fellow, and, it was said, very clever in his profession.
"Poor Jack" by Frederick Marryat
His college mates had talked over professions, and agreed that law was a good one in New York.
"The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him" by Paul Leicester Ford
A moral tone ought to be infused into the profession which should drive such men out of it.
"Speeches and Letters of Abraham Lincoln, 1832-1865" by Abraham Lincoln
I think I may say that I am doing fairly well in my profession.
"Second Plays" by A. A. Milne
Esther arrives here tomorrow to stay with us for a fortnight before she is professed.
"The Altar Steps" by Compton MacKenzie

In poetry:

Nor that I meane, henceforth
This strange will to professe:
I never will betray such trust
And fall to ficklenesse.
"A Fancy" by Edward Dyer
The isles shall know the righteousness
Of our incarnate God,
And nations yet unborn profess
Salvation in his blood.
"Psalm 22 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Who hate a freedom-loving press,
The truth, and all who it profess,
Who don't believe in our success?
The Copperheads.
"The Copperheads" by Anonymous Americas
I to my chimney's shine
Brought him, as Love professes,
And chafed his hands with mine,
And dried his dropping tresses.
"The Cheat Of Cupid; Or, The Ungentle Guest" by Robert Herrick
Then shall my Delia's self declare
That I professed the truth,
And have preserved my little share
In everlasting youth.
"Apology To Delia : For Desiring A Lock Of Her Hair" by William Cowper
More honour to the law profess,
But giving more we give it less.
Its heavy yoke in vain we draw,
By turning gospel into law.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

The Profession Technical Communication .
In a profession that relies on backup, being shunned by fellow officers can be career ending.
Robert C Baldwin, CMRP, Editor T he maintenance and reliability workforce is aging and youngsters are choosing other professions.
Are people losing respect for the CIO profession, or have they just lost their perspective.
This time, he's professing his love to Federal Donuts.
Unparalleled Service to the Chiropractic Profession.
File the teaching profession under this category.
Legal Profession Makes a Case for its Critics.
Diversity, inclusion initiatives becoming more widespread in State Bar, legal profession .
And She Might Go into the Legal Profession .
NYSBA Adopts Report On Legal Profession 's Future.
NYCLA's 96th Annual Dinner Celebrates Diversity In The Legal Profession .
Not many celebrity chefs have risen to the top of the culinary profession as quietly as Michelle Bernstein has.
Success as a novelist hasn't lured Jackson obstetrician away from his chosen profession.
Calipari professes love for his job to Tip-Off Luncheon crowd, despite aging rapidly.

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