professed

adjective
pro·fessed | \prə-ˈfest, prō-\

Definition of professed 

1 : openly and freely declared or acknowledged : affirmed

2 : professing to be qualified also : expert

Examples of professed in a Sentence

He is a professed enemy of the king. a professed analyst of American presidential politics

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For all of its professed solidarity with the oppressed of the world, the IRI curriculum consistently places Iran before any universal project of Islamic unity. Shervin Malekzadeh, Washington Post, "What Trump doesn’t get about ideology in Iran. It’s about nationalism, not theocracy.," 25 June 2018 Second, authorities should make a regular practice of revisiting mergers a few years down the road to see if the professed claims actually were realized. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "When companies say a merger will result in lower prices, try laughing in their face," 10 July 2018 In short, the goal was to reduce the workforce even more than was happening already, for the professed purpose of protecting American jobs. George Melloan, WSJ, "Social Security Needs Immigrants," 14 June 2018 Part of that attitudinal shift is visible in The Rwanda Dog Lovers Club, a digital community of self-professed dog owners and aficionados who spend their days swapping stories and advice on the messaging platform WhatsApp. Yana Paskova, National Geographic, "Learning to Love Dogs in Kigali," 29 June 2018 Hays professed nervousness at being a first-time interviewer, but LuPone is such a pro that probing wasn’t needed to elicit passionate, funny and perhaps even frank (see below) tales. Leah Garchik, SFChronicle.com, "Does Patti LuPone forgive Andrew Lloyd Webber?," 18 June 2018 Pruitt admitted to one lie, but otherwise deflected blame or professed ignorance. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Scott Pruitt Is Forced to Confront Reality," 27 Apr. 2018 The author’s living relations in this realm might include Enrique Vila-Matas (a professed influence), Idra Novey and fellow exile Pola Oloixarac. Steven Felicelli, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Call Me Zebra,’ by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi," 12 Apr. 2018 Moscow has watched as the peaceful revolt to its south unfolded, first with professed disinterest, then caution and now perhaps with careful engagement. Washington Post, "Armenia’s revolution enters new stage as Russia begins to take notice," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of professed

circa 1524, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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professed

adjective

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: openly said or declared

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