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credo

[kree-doh, krey-] /ˈkri doʊ, ˈkreɪ-/
noun, plural credos.
1.
(often initial capital letter) the Apostles' Creed or the Nicene Creed.
2.
(often initial capital letter) a musical setting of the creed, usually of the Nicene Creed.
3.
any creed or formula of belief.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English < Latin: literally, I believe; first word of the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds in Latin
Synonyms
3. doctrine, tenet, philosophy.
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British Dictionary definitions for credos

credo

/ˈkriːdəʊ; ˈkreɪ-/
noun (pl) -dos
1.
any formal or authorized statement of beliefs, principles, or opinions

Credo

/ˈkriːdəʊ; ˈkreɪ-/
noun (pl) -dos
1.
the Apostles' Creed or the Nicene Creed
2.
a musical setting of the Creed
Word Origin
C12: from Latin, literally: I believe; first word of the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds
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Word Origin and History for credos

credo

n.

late 12c., from Latin, literally "I believe," first word of the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds, first person singular present indicative of credere "to believe," perhaps from PIE compound *kerd-dhe- "to believe," literally "to put one's heart" (cf. Old Irish cretim, Irish creidim, Welsh credu "I believe," Sanskrit śrad-dhā- "faith"). The nativized form is creed. General sense of "formula or statement of belief" is from 1580s.

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