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

  • n. Christianity A formal statement of doctrine of the Christian faith adopted at the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325 to defend orthodoxy from Arianism and expanded in later councils.

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  • proper n. The first official creed of the early Christian church, stating the basic tenets of the Christian faith, including the nature of the Holy Trinity

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • adj. a summary of Christian faith, composed and adopted by the Council of Nice, against Arianism, a. d. 325, altered and confirmed by the Council of Constantinople, a. d. 381, and by subsequent councils.

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  • n. (Christianity) a formal creed summarizing Christian beliefs; first adopted in 325 and later expanded

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Named after the council of Nicaea in 325, called by the Emperor Constantine I to settle the question of the nature of Christ. (Wiktionary)

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