\ ˈkrēd How to pronounce creed (audio) \

Definition of creed

1 : a brief authoritative formula of religious belief the Nicene Creed
2 : a set of fundamental beliefs also : a guiding principle Never settle for mediocrity is his creed. — Jill Lieber

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Other Words from creed

creedal or credal \ ˈkrē-​dᵊl How to pronounce credal (audio) \ adjective

Examples of creed in a Sentence

central to the creed of this organization of medical volunteers is the belief that health care is a basic human right the Amish live by a strict creed that rejects many of the values and practices of modern society
Recent Examples on the Web We are blessed to have one Arizonan who’s the ideal of this aspirational creed. Maria Polletta, azcentral, "Full text: Arizona Gov. Ducey's 2020 State of the State speech," 13 Jan. 2020 From the start the protests have attracted Indians across political stripes and creeds. New York Times, "Muslims Organize Huge Protests Across India, Challenging Modi," 4 Jan. 2020 But superstition has long been a part of the athlete’s creed, even for wannabe jocks. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "Adam Sandler shows off a dark side in ‘Uncut Gems’," 17 Dec. 2019 Ever since the founding, the U.S. sense of identity has been bound up with a sort of civic nationalism or distinctly American creed emphasizing the rule of law, constitutionalism, individual freedom, and limited government. Colin Dueck, National Review, "What Is Conservative American Nationalism?," 21 Oct. 2019 Strikingly, too, for a society so defined by caste, language and creed, India scored low on measures of social support. The Economist, "IndiaIndia is stumbling because of its prime minister’s failure to curb his darker side," 24 Oct. 2019 Ms Dudley Edwards identified The Economist’s creed as the belief that governments are more imperfect than markets. The Economist, "Has The Economist made history, as well as reporting it?," 14 Nov. 2019 Socialists are about as common as Satanists in rural Oklahoma today, and regarded in much the same light, but in the early 20th century, poor farmers flocked to the anti-capitalist creed. Trevor Paulhus, Smithsonian, "When the Socialist Revolution Came to Oklahoma—and Was Crushed," 19 Sep. 2019 Religion is viewed differently in Japan, and in some other parts of Asia, than in the West or the Islamic world, where there is an emphasis on individual faith and a set of beliefs, or a creed, based on a sacred text such as the Bible or Koran. Washington Post, "Shinto festival carries on centuries-old tradition in Japan," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of creed

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for creed

Middle English crede, from Old English crēda, from Latin credo (first word of the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds), from credere to believe, trust, entrust; akin to Old Irish cretid he believes, Sanskrit śrad-dadhāti

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21 Jan 2020

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“Creed.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of creed

: a statement of the basic beliefs of a religion
: an idea or set of beliefs that guides the actions of a person or group


\ ˈkrēd How to pronounce creed (audio) \

Kids Definition of creed

1 : a statement of the basic beliefs of a religious faith
2 : a set of guiding rules or beliefs

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