Hypertext Webster Gateway: "profession"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Profession \Pro*fes"sion\, n. [F., fr. L. professio. See
{Profess}, v.]
1. The act of professing or claiming; open declaration;
public avowal or acknowledgment; as, professions of
friendship; a profession of faith.

A solemn vow, promise, and profession. --Bk. of Com.

2. That which one professed; a declaration; an avowal; a
claim; as, his professions are insincere.

The Indians quickly perceive the coincidence or the
contradiction between professions and conduct. --J.

3. That of which one professed knowledge; the occupation, if
not mechanical, agricultural, or the like, to which one
devotes one's self; the business which one professes to
understand, and to follow for subsistence; calling;
vocation; employment; as, the profession of arms; the
profession of a clergyman, lawyer, or physician; the
profession of lecturer on chemistry.

Hi tried five or six professions in turn.

Note: The three professions, or learned professions, are,
especially, theology, law, and medicine.

4. The collective body of persons engaged in a calling; as,
the profession distrust him.

5. (Eccl. Law.) The act of entering, or becoming a member of,
a religious order.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the body of people in a learned occupation; "the news spread
rapidly through the medical community" [syn: {community}]
2: an occupation requiring special education (especially in the
liberal arts or sciences)
3: an open avowal (true or false) of some belief or opinion; "a
profession of disagreement" [syn: {professing}]
4: affirmation of acceptance of some religion or faith; "a
profession of Christianity"

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