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[kreed] /krid/
any system, doctrine, or formula of religious belief, as of a denomination.
any system or codification of belief or of opinion.
an authoritative, formulated statement of the chief articles of Christian belief, as the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, or the Athanasian Creed.
the creed, Apostles' Creed.
Origin of creed
before 1000; Middle English crede, Old English crēda < Latin crēdō I believe; see credo
Related forms
creedal, credal, adjective
creeded, adjective
creedless, adjective
creedlessness, noun
precreed, noun
1, 2. faith, conviction, credo, dogma. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for creed
  • Some one commented that it is against their creed to take this picture.
  • But only a few sentences later appears a statement that runs against the individualist creed.
  • However, more than names its a question of giving respect to all irrespective of colour, caste or creed.
  • Frum is loyal to the same creed, and the two books have a huge number of pop referents in common.
  • Hatred, bigotry, and ignorance don't need any particular creed.
  • Yet every seer or founder of a creed, or system, has been a politician.
  • In a way showing the real creed this paper should stand for: let business proper.
  • Economics is less a slavish creed than a prism through which to understand the world.
  • Now they are sworn to restore the true faith and its central creed: never raise taxes.
  • But it has always been a mishmash of evolving and often conflicting ideas rather than a coherent creed.
British Dictionary definitions for creed


a concise, formal statement of the essential articles of Christian belief, such as the Apostles' Creed or the Nicene Creed
any statement or system of beliefs or principles
Derived Forms
creedal, credal, adjective
Word Origin
Old English crēda, from Latin crēdo I believe


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Word Origin and History for creed

Old English creda "article or statement of Christian belief," from Latin credo "I believe" (see credo). Broadening 17c. to mean "any statement of belief."

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