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  • v. Present participle of profess.

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  • n. an open avowal (true or false) of some belief or opinion


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  • Christian contemporaries, and that their knowledge was mainly confined to mere commercial notation, an anonymous writer has shown how the modifications of form could be naturally made, in vol.ii. of the _Bath and Bristol Magazine_, pp. 393-412.; the motto being _valent quanti valet_, as well as the title professing it to be wholly "conjectural."

    Notes and Queries, Number 18, March 2, 1850

  • Knowing that it is less surprising to find strongly pluralistic beliefs in a title professing to draw it's insights from the Christian tradition.

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  • Then, and only then, will the United States have any credibility in professing a desire for democracy in the Middle East. wiley Says:

    Matthew Yglesias » Democracy Promotion Requires Peace Promotion

  • And they said unto him, We can -- Here we see them owning their mother's petition for them as their own; and doubtless they were perfectly sincere in professing their willingness to follow their

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • What a prospect for her, then, with our present race of young men! their frivolous fickleness nauseates whatever they can reach; they have a weak shame of asserting, or even listening to what is right, and a shallow pride in professing what is wrong.

    Camilla: or, A Picture of Youth

  • Here, I. Christ warns his disciples to take heed of hypocrisy, and of cowardice in professing Christianity and preaching the gospel, ver.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

  • He steadfastly turns down requests to do interviews in English, professing not to be able to communicate well enough. Top Stories RSS

  • Bushee from the University of Colorado, sent a letter to the committee demanding a retraction of his name and professing his strong support of the war from the beginning.

    Savage Peace

  • Vivian Grey at Oxford had belonged to that school which has been described as professing

    Collections and Recollections

  • Like my fellows I sold and bought in the Bazar every day till, one day of the days, a damsel came up to me and drew near and handed to me a paper which I opened; and behold, it was full of verses and odes in praise of myself, and the end of the letter contained the woman's name professing to be enamoured of me.

    Arabian nights. English


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  • Affirming or declaring one's faith in or allegiance to; acknowledgng or formally recognizing as an object of faith or belief (esp. a religion).

    Slightly revised from the OED.

    December 10, 2006