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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 Then there’s Confederate imagery, also on the right, and the references to the Crusades, which began innocuously enough among video game fans and history buffs before quickly morphing into an Islamophobic credo. Parker Richards, The New Republic, "The Fall and Rise of the Guillotine," 12 June 2020 Accordingly, their credo tends to be that a good offense is the best defense. Anna Mulrine Grobe, The Christian Science Monitor, "Wary Europe welcomes China’s help – but not its disinformation," 11 May 2020 My credo is to hope for the best but plan for the worst. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Honeywell’s ex-CEO successfully navigated the Great Recession. Here’s how he’s approaching the coronavirus crisis," 27 Mar. 2020 In the destructive element immerse.’ This has been my credo, the lifeblood of my books. Benjamin Taylor, The Atlantic, "Being Friends With Philip Roth," 21 Apr. 2020 In its unsparing breadth, the crisis is pitting two American ideals against each other — the e pluribus unum credo of solidarity and its near-religious devotion to the idea that hard work brings rewards. Cara Buckley, New York Times, "‘Never Thought I Would Need It’: Americans Put Pride Aside to Seek Aid," 31 Mar. 2020 Hamas rose in the 1980s on a credo of resistance against Israel. The Economist, "A kaleidoscope of possibilities The politics surrounding an assassination and its aftermath in Gaza," 14 Nov. 2019 There's a difference between a serial cheater and who lives life by the credo that cheatin' equals tryin'. Kent Somers, azcentral, "MLB lets one group slide when doling out punishment to Astros: the actual Astros," 13 Jan. 2020 As for the Filoli name, the first owner, William Bourn, had a favorite credo: Fight for a just cause / Love your fellow man / Live a good life. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, "A weekend trip to Silicon Valley’s century-old hidden haven," 27 Feb. 2020

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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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22 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Credo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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