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

Definition of credo

: a guiding belief or principle : creed Going forward is Iacocca's credo. If you don't go forward, he says, you go backward.— Bill Powell As both a gambler and an inventor, Ragozin relied only on his instincts and his talent … . Self-reliance became a credo.— Jeff Coplon In an age when Confucian ethics had become the official credo of the regime and the Buddhist sects were brought under strict government control, the most creative and gifted artists found inspiration in secular themes.— John M. Rosenfield

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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”
Recent Examples on the Web The neoliberal credo claims that markets work efficiently and that government attempts to constrain them via regulation and public spending invariably fail, backfire, or are corrupted by politics. Robert Kuttner, The New York Review of Books, 6 July 2022 That statement became the unofficial credo of anyone who believed in expanding access to firearms and everyone who bought into the notion that ever more powerful firearms were the solution to every problem. Kris Brown, CNN, 14 June 2022 Never complain, never explain is Rihanna’s credo, and, when in doubt, choose Fenty products. The New Yorker, 30 Apr. 2022 The Progressive Era also involved an equilibrium between a communitarian ethos and the liberal credo of individual freedom. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, 17 Mar. 2022 The atmosphere has changed since then, but the credo of simple food and friendly service remains. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Feb. 2022 Foods that require cultivation or processing, on the other hand, are to be avoided when following the paleo credo. Sara Coughlin, SELF, 10 Jan. 2022 True to the character's credo, Dusek embodies equanimity as Scott. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Apr. 2022 Strong buildings come from strong ideas, and to distill the beliefs of 39 very different tribes into a unified credo is no easy matter. Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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17 Jul 2022

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“Credo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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