From Old English creda, crede, credo, from Latin crēdō (“I believe”), from Proto-Italic *krezdō, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱred dʰeh₁- (“to place one's heart, i.e., to trust, believe”), a compound phrase of the oblique case form of *ḱḗr (“heart”). Creed is cognate with Old Irish cretim (“to believe”), and Sanskrit श्रद्दधाति (śraddadhāti, “to have faith or faithfulness, to have belief or confidence, believe”).
creed (plural creeds)
- That which is believed; accepted doctrine, especially religious doctrine; a particular set of beliefs; any summary of principles or opinions professed or adhered to.
2017 April 6, Samira Shackle, “On the frontline with Karachi’s ambulance drivers”, in The Guardian, London, archived from the original on 29 June 2017:
- Pakistan is a conservative, religious state. The Edhi Foundation is unusual in its ignoring of caste, creed, religion and sect. This strict stance has led to some criticism from religious groups.
- (specifically, religion) A reading or statement of belief that summarizes the faith it represents; a confession of faith for public use, especially one which is brief and comprehensive.
A creed is a manifesto of religious or spiritual beliefs
- (rare) The fact of believing; belief, faith.
1819, [Lord Byron], “Canto I”, in Don Juan, London: Printed by Thomas Davison, Whitefriars, OCLC 9665909, stanza CVI, page 56:
- Oh love! how perfect is thy mystic art, / Strengthening the weak, and trampling on the strong, / How self-deceitful is the sagest part / Of mortals whom thy lure hath led along— / The precipice she stood on was immense, / So was her creed in her own innocence.
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
- creed in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- creed in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913