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creed

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noun
  1. any system, doctrine, or formula of religious belief, as of a denomination.
  2. any system or codification of belief or of opinion.
  3. an authoritative, formulated statement of the chief articles of Christian belief, as the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, or the Athanasian Creed.
  4. the creed. Apostles' Creed.

Origin of creed

before 1000; Middle English crede, Old English crēda < Latin crēdō I believe; see credo
Related formscreed·al, cred·al, adjectivecreed·ed, adjectivecreed·less, adjectivecreed·less·ness, nounpre·creed, noun

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1, 2. faith, conviction, credo, dogma.
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Examples from the Web for creedless

Historical Examples

  • Listening to her I was no longer the enlightened, the creedless man.

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • The creedless philosopher is out on the sea of opinion, without compass or chart.

    A Logic Of Facts

    George Jacob Holyoake

  • How was a creedless, churchless mistress of Coldbrooks to be fitted in to her happy vision of Barneys future?

    Adrienne Toner

    Anne Douglas Sedgwick

  • The Secularist, is without presumption of an infallible creed, is without the timorous indefiniteness of a creedless believer.

    English Secularism

    George Jacob Holyoake

  • Country districts demonstrate the fact of Java being a creedless land.


British Dictionary definitions for creedless

creed

noun
  1. a concise, formal statement of the essential articles of Christian belief, such as the Apostles' Creed or the Nicene Creed
  2. any statement or system of beliefs or principles
Derived Formscreedal or credal, adjective

Word Origin

Old English crēda, from Latin crēdo I believe

Creed

noun
  1. 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 creedless

creed

n.

Old English creda "article or statement of Christian belief," from Latin credo "I believe" (see credo). Broadening 17c. to mean "any statement of belief."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper