noun \ˈkrēd\

: a statement of the basic beliefs of a religion

: an idea or set of beliefs that guides the actions of a person or group

Full Definition of CREED

:  a brief authoritative formula of religious belief
:  a set of fundamental beliefs; also :  a guiding principle
creed·al or cre·dal \ˈkrē-dəl\ adjective

Examples of CREED

  1. <central to the creed of this organization of medical volunteers is the belief that health care is a basic human right>
  2. <the Amish live by a strict creed that rejects many of the values and practices of modern society>

Origin of CREED

Middle English crede, from Old English crēda, from Latin credo (first word of the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds), from credere to believe, trust, entrust; akin to Old Irish cretid he believes, Sanskrit śrad-dadhāti
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Zen, antinomian, avatar, gnosticism, illuminati, ineffable, karma, koan, mantra
CREDAL Defined for Kids


noun \ˈkrēd\

Definition of CREED for Kids

:  a statement of the basic beliefs of a religious faith
:  a set of guiding rules or beliefs


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