cre·​do | \ ˈkrē-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce credo (audio) , ˈkrā- How to pronounce credo (audio) \
plural credos

Definition of credo

: creed The CEO's credo was "If you don't go forward, you go backward."

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Credo comes straight from the Latin word meaning "I believe", and is the first word of many religious credos, or creeds, such as the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed. But the word can be applied to any guiding principle or set of principles. Of course, you may choose a different credo when you're 52 than when you're 19. But here is the credo of the writer H. L. Mencken, written after he had lived quite a few years: "I believe that it is better to tell the truth than to lie. I believe that it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe that it is better to know than to be ignorant".

Examples of credo in a Sentence

the credo of the ancient Egyptians involved a variety of polytheism we must abide by the simple credo that “The customer is always right”

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Over the past centuries, astronomers have generalized this claim to the credo that humanity’s position in the universe is unlikely to be central or special. William Poundstone, Vox, "A math equation that predicts the end of humanity," 5 July 2019 Get our daily newsletter In keeping with the startup credo of asking forgiveness rather than permission, firms often launched large e-scooter fleets without consulting local authorities, sometimes literally overnight. The Economist, "Electric-scooter startups are becoming more cautious," 8 June 2019 But through it all, the exception to this credo have been his books. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Karl Lagerfeld Turns Interior Designer With a New Miami Masterpiece," 3 Jan. 2019 But the American credo recognizes that each human life is valued equally, and that everyone is owed, and owes to others, a level of respect by virtue of being a part of the human community. Alexandra Hudson, WSJ, "No Country for Old Pretentious Titles," 29 June 2018 During the lecture, Wilkinson will bring the audience through this visual tale of Tony Duquette's personal design philosophy and the artistic credo that inspired him to create his fanciful artwork, sculptures, jewelry, gardens and interiors. House Beautiful, "Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club: "The Best Of" Lecture Series," 24 May 2012 Yet none of these constitutes an obligatory credo for a Hindu. Shashi Tharoor, WSJ, "How Hinduism Has Persisted for 4,000 Years," 17 Jan. 2019 Some may say that’s a pessimist’s credo, and that those of us who worry about how the current political climate will impact reproductive rights are just liberal Chicken Littles. Molly Finneseth, Glamour, "How to Be Prepared if Roe v. Wade Is Overturned," 22 Jan. 2019 That's the gunfighter's credo, and that's been our problem. Fox News, "Media downplay Trump administration's economic successes," 28 July 2018

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First Known Use of credo

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for credo

Middle English, from Latin, I believe

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The first known use of credo was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of credo

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

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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