\ 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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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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Ours has been an organization unafraid to defend the rights of people irrespective of their race, color, or creed. Elaine Ayala,, "Vicente Ximenes’ life and work are lessons in history and strategy," 14 Sep. 2019 Anybody, regardless of race, color or creed, can become American. Romina Boccia, Twin Cities, "Romina Boccia: ‘When we leave here today, we are free’," 10 Sep. 2019 Yet despite being violently denied the freedom and justice promised to all, black Americans believed fervently in the American creed. Jonathan Capehart, The Denver Post, "Capehart: Dismantling the myth of America and the white men who founded it," 30 Aug. 2019 Its creed of inclusion plays as antidote for a nation reeling from mass shootings and deepening prejudice. Los Angeles Times, "Scrapbooks and racial histories tell America’s story in PBS’ ‘Family Pictures USA’," 9 Aug. 2019 And really just to go back to our core values, work, hard work, things like that with our creed. Tom Green |, oregonlive, "What Gus Malzahn said on main stage at SEC Media Days," 18 July 2019 Despite this, our community’s public spaces are open to all no matter their color, creed or political beliefs. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Opposition to drag queen library event in Chula Vista met by counterprotesters," 29 Aug. 2019 Yet despite being violently denied the freedom and justice promised to all, black Americans believed fervently in the American creed. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "The New York Times Launches the 1619 Project: raceAhead," 14 Aug. 2019 And, conversely, there are central features in the New Testament that do not appear in the creeds. John Barton, Time, "Judaism and Christianity Both Rely on the Hebrew Bible. Why Do They Interpret It So Differently?," 14 June 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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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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