Profession vs Role - What's the difference?

profession | role |

As nouns the difference between profession and role

is that profession is a promise or vow made on entering a religious order while role is a character or part played by a performer or actor.



(en noun)
  • 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, trade, craft, or activity 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 .
  • The practitioners of such an occupation collectively.
  • His conduct is against the established practices of the legal profession .

    Derived terms

    * professional * liberal profession




    (en noun)
  • * 2012 , Stephen MacLean, A cheer for constitutional monarchy's restraint on government] , [[w:Adam Smith Institute, Adam Smith Institute]:
  • As the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations wind down, it may be well to reflect on an aspect of public choice theory which supports constitutional monarchy — principally its rôle as a brake upon self-aggrandising politicians.


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