pro·fes·sion /prəˈfɛʃən/ 名詞
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. Prayer.
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. Morse.
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. --Macaulay.
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.
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"