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From Anglo-Norman professioun, Old French profession (“‘declaration of faith, religious vows, occupation’”), from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] professiō (“‘avowal, public declaration’”), from the participle stem of profitērī (“‘to profess’”).
- A promise or vow made on entering a religious order.
- She died only a few years after her profession.
- 1796, Matthew Lewis, The Monk, Folio Society 1985, p. 27:
- Rosario was a young novice belonging to the monastery, who in three months intended to make his profession.
- A declaration of belief, faith or of one's opinion.
- Despite his continued professions of innocence, the court eventually sentenced him to five years.
- An occupation in which one has a professed expertise in a particular area; a job, especially one requiring a high level of skill or training.
- My father was a barrister by profession.
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