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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Harjo has spent her career trying to fulfill this credo. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "Joy Harjo, the Poet of American Memory," 29 Aug. 2019 Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri serves up her collections along with a feminist credo. Washington Post, "Gabriela Hearst is dressing women for a new era of political power," 17 Aug. 2019 The world would not be free, as the credo of the day advised, until the last king was strangled with the intestines of the last priest. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "A Play with No End," 22 July 2019 Aficionados of California water mythology will recognize this formulation as a farmers’ credo retailed by, among others, Fox News figurehead Sean Hannity and President Trump. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Right-wingers again demonize the tiny delta smelt to protect Big Agriculture," 12 Aug. 2019 The characters of Happiness, As Such seem united in their credo of bleak pragmatism. Abhrajyoti Chakraborty, The New Republic, "Natalia Ginzburg’s Radical Clarity," 5 Aug. 2019 There are those who believe Mr. Pelli sometimes fell short of that credo. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "César Pelli, celebrated architect of sweep and harmony, dies at 92," 19 July 2019 Perhaps that description best fits the band's credo -- since 1996's Seasick, Imperial Teen have made a name out of using tongue-in-cheek humor and extremely catchy melodies to sing about authenticity and truth. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Imperial Teen Discuss Their New Album, The Evolution of Queer Artistry & 'Pushing Buttons'," 12 July 2019 The course hasn't lived up to that credo, Padden said. Keith Matheny,, "Plastics pollution? Course urged golfers to hit balls into Lake Michigan," 22 July 2019

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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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