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I cannot profess sorrow for that, nor irresolution in that, nor shame in that.

In vain, dear Caroline, you urge me to think; I profess only to feel.

I conjure you by that which you profess, (how'er you come to know it,) answer me to what I ask you.

They wanted so much attending to, and she did not profess to open her house to them.

Not that I profess to know anything either about Hegel or Schopenhauer.

There are not many things which I profess to know, but this is most certainly one of them.

Then, although they profess such friendship, they don't altogether like us.

All profess to know it, but all do not know what is meant by charity.

They all profess the Greek faith, and are in their way very religious.

And yet you profess to love your niece as affectionately as your daughters.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "to take a vow" (in a religious order), a back-formation from profession or else from Old French profes, from Medieval Latin professus "avowed," literally "having declared publicly," past participle of Latin profiteri "declare openly, testify voluntarily, acknowledge, make public statement of," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + fateri (past participle fassus) "acknowledge, confess," akin to fari "speak" (see fame (n.)). Meaning "declare openly" first recorded 1520s, "a direct borrowing of the sense from Latin" [Barnhart]. Related: Professed; professing.

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