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Synonyms for profess
prəˈfɛspro·fess

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. profess

    Acknowledge, admit, and declare refer either to oneself or to others; all the other words refer only to one's own knowledge or action. To avow is to declare boldly and openly, commonly as something one is ready to justify, maintain, or defend. A man acknowledges another's claim or his own promise; he admits an opponent's advantage or his own error; he declares either what he has seen or experienced or what he has received from another; he avers what he is sure of from his own knowledge or consciousness; he gives his assurance as the voucher for what he avouches; he avows openly a belief or intention that he has silently held. Avow and avouch take a direct object; aver is followed by a conjunction: a man avows his faith, avouches a deed, avers that he was present. Avow has usually a good sense; what a person avows he at least does not treat as blameworthy, criminal, or shameful; if he did, he would be said to confess it; yet there is always the suggestion that some will be ready to challenge or censure what one avows; as, the clergyman avowed his dissent from the doctrine of his church. Own applies to all things, good or bad, great or small, which one takes as his own. Compare CONFESS; STATE.

    Synonyms:
    admit, aver, avouch, avow, confess, declare, knowledge, own, proclaim, protest, testify, witness

    Antonyms:
    contradict, deny, disavow, disclaim, disown, ignore, repudiate

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. profess

    Synonyms:
    declare, avow, acknowledge, own, confess, pretend, proclaim, lay claim to

    Antonyms:
    conceal, suppress, disown, disavow, repudiate, renounce, abjure

Princeton's WordNet

  1. professverb

    practice as a profession, teach, or claim to be knowledgeable about

    "She professes organic chemistry"

    Synonyms:
    confess, concede, pretend

  2. professverb

    confess one's faith in, or allegiance to

    "The terrorists professed allegiance to their country"; "he professes to be a Communist"

    Synonyms:
    confess, concede, pretend

  3. concede, profess, confessverb

    admit (to a wrongdoing)

    "She confessed that she had taken the money"

    Synonyms:
    yield, cede, confess, pretend, grant, concede, fink, squeal

  4. professverb

    state freely

    "The teacher professed that he was not generous when it came to giving good grades"

    Synonyms:
    confess, concede, pretend

  5. professverb

    receive into a religious order or congregation

    Synonyms:
    confess, concede, pretend

  6. professverb

    take vows, as in religious order

    "she professed herself as a nun"

    Synonyms:
    confess, concede, pretend

  7. profess, pretendverb

    state insincerely

    "He professed innocence but later admitted his guilt"; "She pretended not to have known the suicide bomber"; "She pretends to be an expert on wine"

    Synonyms:
    act, make, feign, confess, affect, pretend, dissemble, hazard, concede, make believe, sham, venture, guess

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. professverb

    Synonyms:
    avow, acknowledge, own, confess, declare, affirm, avouch, aver, allege

  2. professverb

    Synonyms:
    pretend, lay claim to

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. professverb

    Synonyms:
    acknowledge, avow, admit, claim, pretend

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "profess":

    manifest, practise

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How to use profess in a sentence?

  1. Frederick Douglas:

    The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. . . .If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.

  2. Frederick Douglass:

    If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

  3. Mike Pompeo:

    We must once again openly profess our faith, our devotion to our families, and proclaim, unapologetically, the words, ‘ I am Mike Pompeo,'.

  4. Dejan Stojanovic:

    He did not profess to anybody how to reach others without professing.

  5. Corra Harris:

    The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly.


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