\ 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

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Admission to a charter school cannot be limited on the basis of disability, race, creed, gender, national origin, religion, ancestry, intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, or athletic ability. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Competing with charters improves public schools," 8 June 2019 The extremist Sunni creed adopted by the likes of the Taliban in Afghanistan against Iran and the Shiites is one part of the burgeoning proxy conflict. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Iran, in shadow proxy war with Saudis, expands its Pakistan influence," 12 Sep. 2018 By the time of his ascent, the Liberal Party had absorbed its Whig predecessor, and Whiggism had become more an expression of character than a creed. William Anthony Hay, WSJ, "‘Lansdowne’ Review: Noble Aspirations," 26 Dec. 2018 It was conceived some 500 years ago and was the founding creed of the United States. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "If Liberalism Is Dead, What Comes Next?," 17 Jan. 2018 Modern brides have a slightly different approach; some abide by the 'more the merrier' social creed, inviting too many friends and acquaintances to join their bridal party. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Here's What Your Bridesmaids Aren't Telling You," 24 Aug. 2016 Abandoned by the left, rejected by the Bannonite right, mocked by Catholic integralists who seem unaware of its religious provenance, America’s traditional liberalism is the country’s political creed and the winning ticket in nearly every election. F.h. Buckley, WSJ, "Trump May Be the True Liberal," 31 Dec. 2018 Millennials are demanding a culture of openness from brands, and so the trend is toward a runway that welcomes all colors, creeds, ages, and shapes. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Why the Fashion World Needs to Commit to an 18+ Modeling Standard," 16 Aug. 2018 If you’re Columbia University or Michigan State, and your stated goal is to be inclusive of all races and creeds and religions ... Eric Johnson, Recode, "How a Twitter account convinced 4,000 companies to stop advertising on Breitbart," 3 Sep. 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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