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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 creed (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 Over the 18 years of publishing my literature and music website Largehearted Boy, that has always been my creed. David Gutowski, Longreads, "Sleeping with Amazon," 10 Aug. 2020 That's a struggle that has been waged by people of every race and creed. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | BRET STEPHENS: Ambition, illuminated," 25 Oct. 2020 Over the 18 years of publishing my literature and music website Largehearted Boy, that has always been my creed. David Gutowski, Longreads, "Sleeping with Amazon," 10 Aug. 2020 From the cool Western vibe to terrific casting (Timothy Olyphant, Rosario Dawson), this show never makes a misstep — and even makes sense of some of the sillier aspects of the central character's creed. Andrew A. Smith Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, "4 genre TV shows to watch right now on streaming services," 7 Dec. 2020 Boba would very much like his armor back and of course, Mando being a knucklehead about the Mandalorian creed, refuses to give it to him despite hearing that the armor belonged to Boba's father. Lauren Morgan,, "The Mandalorian recap: Mando faces the most famous bounty hunter of them all," 4 Dec. 2020 Compared to these authoritarian regimes, however, cancel culture is rudderless, a series of spontaneous disruptions with no sequential logic, lacking any official apparatus to enact or enforce a policy or creed. New York Times, "The Long and Tortured History of Cancel Culture," 3 Dec. 2020 In order to stick to that creed while making more power, the second-generation BRZ replaces the previous-gen's 2.0-liter engine with a more powerful naturally aspirated 2.4-liter flat-four that revs to 7500 rpm. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "228-HP 2022 Subaru BRZ Sticks to the Purist Sports-Car Formula," 18 Nov. 2020 On the other hand, Mr. Biden’s commitment to multilateralism is reassuring to Europeans, who live by that creed. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "With Biden’s victory, the world looks to US with hope for change," 10 Nov. 2020

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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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“Creed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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