\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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Its creed, the Southern Manifesto, introduced on the floor of the House in 1956, was supported by approximately a fifth of the members of Congress, even those southern officials who had earlier vowed to comply with the initial court decision. Arica L. Coleman, Time, "The County That Closed Its Public Schools Rather Than Desegregate After Brown v. Board of Education," 16 May 2018 Football is a game that perhaps unites the world more than any other, and certainly more than any political or religious creed. Washington Post, "Volgograd provides the proper perspective at World Cup," 20 June 2018 Football is a game that perhaps unites the world more than any other, and certainly more than any political or religious creed. Pan Pylas,, "Volgograd, the city once called Stalingrad, provides the proper perspective at World Cup," 20 June 2018 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

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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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