professedly

adverb

pro·​fessed·​ly prə-ˈfe-səd-lē How to pronounce professedly (audio) -ˈfest-lē How to pronounce professedly (audio)
1
: by profession or declaration : avowedly
2
: with pretense : allegedly

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But imagine if right-wing Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán or another professedly illiberal leader took similar steps. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 18 Feb. 2022 In any prior year, that number would be noteworthy for the professedly liberal yet overwhelmingly white industry. Lee Seymour, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 Early modern Europe had the daily pageant of court society, with its graceful, witty, professedly nonchalant aristocrats who had every muscle under tight control and every piece of clothing precisely arranged. David A. Bell, The New York Review of Books, 1 July 2021 Applebaum writes, professedly, about the ideological currents of elite discourse, not the economic anxiety of lower-middle-class Americans, Brits, or Poles. Jackson Lears, The New York Review of Books, 11 Mar. 2021 Early modern Europe had the daily pageant of court society, with its graceful, witty, professedly nonchalant aristocrats who had every muscle under tight control and every piece of clothing precisely arranged. David A. Bell, The New York Review of Books, 1 July 2021 Applebaum writes, professedly, about the ideological currents of elite discourse, not the economic anxiety of lower-middle-class Americans, Brits, or Poles. Jackson Lears, The New York Review of Books, 11 Mar. 2021 Applebaum writes, professedly, about the ideological currents of elite discourse, not the economic anxiety of lower-middle-class Americans, Brits, or Poles. Jackson Lears, The New York Review of Books, 11 Mar. 2021 Applebaum writes, professedly, about the ideological currents of elite discourse, not the economic anxiety of lower-middle-class Americans, Brits, or Poles. Jackson Lears, The New York Review of Books, 11 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1569, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of professedly was in 1569

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“Professedly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/professedly. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

professedly

adverb

pro·​fessed·​ly prə-ˈfes-əd-lē How to pronounce professedly (audio) -ˈfest-lē How to pronounce professedly (audio)
1
: by one's own declaration
a professedly serious novelist
2
: supposedly but not really
was professedly open to all, but actually was not

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