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.

Usage Examples:

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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