pro·​fessed | \ prə-ˈfest How to pronounce professed (audio) , 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
Recent Examples on the Web Antonoff, despite his professed aversion to rock-star pretense, rarely answers such questions directly. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 His professed support for those employees and his halt to political donations in Florida provoked stark criticism from Republicans in the state. Brian Stelter, CNN, 21 Apr. 2022 Now, Shehbaz Sharif’s rise to prime minister is seen in some circles as an implicit rebuke of Mr. Khan’s professed mission of dismantling Pakistan’s political dynasties and rooting out corruption in politics. New York Times, 11 Apr. 2022 With the Sharmas’ plotline, however, there are several references to an Indian backstory, including a professed love of chai, accents that seem to slip back and forth between British and Indian, and even nods to British imperialism. NBC News, 7 Apr. 2022 When environmental art exhibitions occur at institutions with funding that undercuts their professed ideals, those exhibitions become a smoke screen for the ethical dissonance of the art world. New York Times, 25 Mar. 2022 That much was clear following the team’s World Series title last October, when one teammate after another professed joy at seeing Freeman reach the mountaintop after so many years. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2022 Peraica, at one point showed frustration over Madigan’s professed inability to recall various specifics. Ray Long,, 4 Mar. 2022 Still, the earl’s professed concern for the preservation of the glories of ancient Athens raises an interesting line of thought. Bruce Clark, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of professed

circa 1524, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of professed was circa 1524

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19 May 2022

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“Professed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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