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An Orthodox icon depicting the Constantine the Great and the bishops of the First Council of Nicaea (325 C.E.) holding the Niceno–Constantinopolitan Creed of 381, an updated version of the Nicene Creed prepared by the First Council

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).


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creed (plural creeds)

  1. 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[1], 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.
    • 1982 February 12, Steve Harris (lyrics and music), “Run to the Hills”, performed by Iron Maiden:
      He killed our tribes he killed our creed. / He took our game for his own need
  2. (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
  3. (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.


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creed (third-person singular simple present creeds, present participle creeding, simple past and past participle creeded)

  1. To believe; to credit.



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  1. (Spain) Informal second-person plural (vosotros or vosotras) affirmative imperative form of creer.