- any system, doctrine, or formula of religious belief, as of a denomination.
- any system or codification of belief or of opinion.
- an authoritative, formulated statement of the chief articles of Christian belief, as the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, or the Athanasian Creed.
- the creed. Apostles' Creed.
Origin of creed
before 1000; Middle English crede, Old English crēda < Latin crēdō I believe; see credo
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1, 2. faith, conviction, credo, dogma.
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Examples from the Web for credal
Sabatier is quite right, therefore, in asserting that credal statements must change their meaning just as words change.Theology and the Social Consciousness
Henry Churchill King
His godly hymns betray no credal shibboleth or doctrinal bias, but are songs for the whole earthly church of God.The Story of the Hymns and Tunes
Theron Brown and Hezekiah Butterworth
- a concise, formal statement of the essential articles of Christian belief, such as the Apostles' Creed or the Nicene Creed
- any statement or system of beliefs or principles
Old English crēda, from Latin crēdo I believe
- Frederick. 1871–1957, Canadian inventor, resident in Scotland from 1897, noted for his invention of the teleprinter, first used in 1912
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Word Origin and History for credal
Old English creda "article or statement of Christian belief," from Latin credo "I believe" (see credo). Broadening 17c. to mean "any statement of belief."
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