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[kreed] /krid/
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
Related forms
creedal, credal, adjective
creeded, adjective
creedless, adjective
creedlessness, noun
precreed, noun
1, 2. faith, conviction, credo, dogma. Unabridged
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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.

  • The one argument that used to be urged for our creedless vagueness was that at least it saved us from fanaticism.

    What's Wrong With The World G.K. Chesterton
  • Pretentious, frothy; a puritan yet creedless; darkening counsel by words without wisdom!

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • In these days of opportunist denunciation of creeds, the amorphous state of creedless Hinduism may be noted.

British Dictionary definitions for creedless


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
Derived Forms
creedal, credal, adjective
Word Origin
Old English crēda, from Latin crēdo I believe


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Word Origin and History for creedless



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
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