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  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.
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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. 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
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Derived Formscreedal or credal, adjective

Word Origin

Old English crēda, from Latin crēdo I believe


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Word Origin and History for creed


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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