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 Lavender's design credo errs more on the side of an English traditional look; Esler, meanwhile, has a more fresh and modern aesthetic. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, 3 May 2021 What is not a matter of dispute is that Arledge and McKay took the credo to heart., 24 Apr. 2021 Army veteran Ricci is the embodiment of that credo. USA Today, 8 Apr. 2021 Marta Langston, 18, a high school student in Northern California, shares her credo on TikTok and Instagram. New York Times, 20 Jan. 2021 That fact — and its incongruence with the research university’s core credo that the truth shall set you free — has been difficult to reconcile for Daniels. Angela Roberts,, 11 Dec. 2020 Isn't that a clear, compelling and convincing credo? Gary Gilson, Star Tribune, 26 Dec. 2020 An Englishman named Bryan Ferry seemed to carry this idea like a credo. Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2020 But the Ravens actually lived out that credo with their performance in Indianapolis. Childs Walker,, 9 Nov. 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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The first known use of credo was before the 12th century

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18 May 2021

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“Credo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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