cre·​do | \ ˈkrē-(ˌ)dō, ˈkrā- \
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”

Recent Examples on the Web

That's the gunfighter's credo, and that's been our problem. Fox News, "Media downplay Trump administration's economic successes," 28 July 2018 But to economist Joel Waldfogel, author of Scroogenomics, a credo against the inefficiency of holiday gift-giving, gifts are rarely logical propositions. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Consider the Edible Arrangement," 29 Nov. 2018 Another Bobby credo that seems counterintuitive in today’s politics: Court the press. Larry Tye,, "An open letter to Joe Kennedy III: Here’s how to run for president," 29 May 2018 Beyond inheritance and schooling, what’s your credo? Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes October 29-November 4," 28 Oct. 2018 Taken further, these credos of noblesse oblige could be viewed as an open invitation for reverse discrimination. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Privilege Trap: Can Rich Kids Become Good Leaders?," 6 Oct. 2018 For the Bishnois — a community of about 700,000 Hindus scattered mainly across the Thar desert — caring for wildlife is a credo of their ancient faith, which reveres the desert’s native antelope species as gods. Shashank Bengali,, "This nature-loving sect in India dragged one of the world's biggest movie stars to court — and won," 17 May 2018 Combining elements of the Bill of Rights with the presiding credo of the New Deal, Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms were initially meant to counter the arguments of the American isolationist movement. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "In New York, Rockwell’s Vision of FDR’s ‘Freedoms’," 12 May 2018 Conversations about big expenses often ended with the same happy credo. Joyce Wadler, New York Times, "Farewell, My Lovely Inheritance," 25 Apr. 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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