V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. to declare something insincerely; 2. to declare openly; 3. to believe in
Synonyms: pretend, allege, claim, purport, declare, admit, affirm, avow, assert, pronounce
Antonyms: deny, reject, rebuff
Tips: To profess means "to declare." You can use profess as a more sophisticated way of saying "declare." Often times, however, profess means "to declare in an insincere way." For example, "He professes ignorance, but I think he knows more than he's telling me." The adjective professed describes a belief which someone has made known. Again, it can be a true declaration or an insincere declaration. "He is a professed (well known) conservative" is an example of a true declaration. "His professed (so called) love for his wife is not consistent with the way he treats her in public" is an example of an insincere declaration.
He decided to profess his love for her at the baseball game. (declare openly)
In order to be granted U.S. citizenship, you must take an oath and profess your allegiance to the United States. (affirm, avow)
He is a professed liberal and I am a professed conservative, so we avoid political discussions. (declared, affirmed) adjective
She professed that today was the first time she ever picked up a tennis racquet, but I have a feeling she has played tennis before. (claimed, alleged)
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