credo

[kree-doh, krey-]
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; Middle English < Latin: literally, I believe; first word of the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds in Latin


3. doctrine, tenet, philosophy.
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credo (ˈkriːdəʊ, ˈkreɪ-)
 
n , pl -dos
any formal or authorized statement of beliefs, principles, or opinions

Credo (ˈkriːdəʊ, ˈkreɪ-)
 
n , pl -dos
1.  the Apostles' Creed or the Nicene Creed
2.  a musical setting of the Creed
 
[C12: from Latin, literally: I believe; first word of the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds]

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credo
c.1175, from L., lit. "I believe" (see creed).
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Example sentences
In the seamy world of jailhouse informers, treachery has long been their credo
  and favors from jailers their reward.
Yet he seems quite convinced that the expansionist credo he once heard from an
  extremist settler is also, secretly, state policy.
These theorists' credo is that technology already threatens our age-old notions
  of privacy.
The credo is unclear about what happens when there is a conflict between
  responsible action and long-term profit.
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