Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A formal statement of religious belief; a confession of faith.
  • n. A system of belief, principles, or opinions: laws banning discrimination on the basis of race or creed; an architectural creed that demanded simple lines.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. That which is believed; accepted doctrine, especially religious; a particular set of beliefs; any summary of principles or opinions professed or adhered to.
  • n. 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; esp., one which is brief and comprehensive.
  • n. The fact of believing; belief, faith.
  • v. To believe; to credit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A definite summary of what is believed; esp., a summary of the articles of Christian faith; a confession of faith for public use; esp., one which is brief and comprehensive.
  • n. Any summary of principles or opinions professed or adhered to.
  • transitive v. To believe; to credit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To credit; believe.
  • n. A statement of belief on any subject, religious, political, scientific, or other; especially, a formal statement of religious belief; a “form of words, setting forth with authority certain articles of belief which are regarded by the framers as necessary for salvation, or at least for the well-being of the Christian Church” (Schaff, The Creeds of Christendom, I. i.).
  • n. What is believed; accepted doctrine; especially, religious doctrine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any system of principles or beliefs
  • n. the written body of teachings of a religious group that are generally accepted by that group

Etymologies

Middle English crede, from Old English crēda, from Latin crēdō, I believe; see credo.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English credo, crede, Old English creda, from Latin credo ("I believe"), from credere ("to believe"); akin to Old Irish cretim ("I believe"), and Sanskrit रद्दध्मि (raddadhmi); crat ("trust") + dh ("to put"). (Wiktionary)

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