- 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 creedal
It is often said that these creedal councils were moved by considerations of low-grade expediency.
Being so, it is not susceptible to argument, or to adjustment by conventions or creedal agreements.Religion and the War
There can be no use in hiding it from candid thought behind the recitation of a creedal formula.The Meaning of Faith
Harry Emerson Fosdick
In this discussion we have been careful to avoid the terms of formal and creedal orthodoxy.
- 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
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Word Origin and History for creedal
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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