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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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  • And is it the meaning of that article of the creed, I believe the pardon of my sins?

  • But on the first two and greatest articles of his creed, how Jasper labored!

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • It is common to all educated men, no matter what their creed may be.

    Is Life Worth Living? William Hurrell Mallock
  • People cannot leave a creed alone; though it is the essence of a creed to be clear.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • This was, with modifications such as might be, the humor and creed of College Radicalism five-and-twenty years ago.

    The Life of John Sterling Thomas Carlyle
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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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