\ˈkrēd \

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 \ 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

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The tendency to choose sides in the dispute obscures the deeper reality: that the two founders represented conflicting ideals embedded in our founding creed. Jay Cost, WSJ, "The Founding Era’s Populist Moment," 8 June 2018 This is not the creed of populism, but of the strong man with an army of loyal followers. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Faux-populism in Duluth.," 21 June 2018 Treating climate change as a planet-scale problem that could be solved only by an international regulatory scheme transformed the issue into a political creed for committed believers. Steven F. Hayward, WSJ, "Climate Change Has Run Its Course," 4 June 2018 Indeed, the comic-book version of Killmonger (unlike his on-screen counterpart) reveals a rival economic creed of his own. The Economist, "Wakandanomics," 28 Mar. 2018 Liberals take pride in the idea that America’s national identity is rooted in creed, not ethnicity; that any immigrant, no matter their background, can become American by adopting our nation’s values. Eric Leivtz, Daily Intelligencer, "For Democrats, Immigration Is a Political Problem Without a Policy Solution," 2 July 2018 So part of my ethic came from the Christian creed of caring about the poor, caring about your neighbor, the ideas of forgiveness and grace and redemption. Cory Booker, Town & Country, "John Legend's Fight for Criminal Justice Reform," 9 May 2017 This didn’t quite make sense, given Bezos’s devotion to the creed of low prices and customer satisfaction. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Inside Amazon Prime’s Price Hike," 2 May 2018 The other major challenge Dooley faces is that the yellow shirts are a community of different genders, colors, ages creeds and codes, and there’s no one way to communicate with all of them. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "The retired Marine who ‘has the toughest job’ at Indianapolis Motor Speedway," 24 May 2018

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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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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


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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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