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From Old English credo, crede, creda, from Latin credo (I believe), from credere (to believe); akin to Old Irish cretim (I believe), and Sanskrit रद्दध्मि (raddadhmi).


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creed (plural creeds)

  1. That which is believed; accepted doctrine, especially religious; 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]:
      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, Iron Maiden, Run to the Hills
      He killed our tribes he killed our creed.
      He took our game for his own need
  2. A reading or statement of belief that summarizes the faith it represents; a definite summary of what is believed; 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, Don Juan, I:
      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.







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