Definition of creed in English:



  • 1A system of Christian or other religious belief; a faith.

    ‘people of many creeds and cultures’
    • ‘Churches and philosophers give us the impression that people live by systems and ideologies and creeds and things.’
    • ‘The creeds of the church are affirmations of faith and not statements of belief.’
    • ‘Others, citing religious creeds of one kind or another, claim it was God that unleashed the earthquake and tidal waves to punish humanity.’
    • ‘During the past 50 years, our society has been immeasurably enriched by people from different cultures, creeds and religions.’
    • ‘While we respect religious creeds, spiritual leaders and church councils, none of these can bind our consciences or force us to believe or observe anything outside of Bible truth.’
    • ‘He scoffed at the disparate creeds of religions, each claiming to see the truth through the colored lenses of its own dogmatism.’
    • ‘All belief systems, ideologies, creeds, and theological frameworks turn to dust.’
    • ‘On the cover of their magazine was a three inch by five inch mirror, which reflected the face of all their readers of different nationalities, races, religions, and creeds.’
    • ‘The successors to the first apostles were just beginning to organize their ministries and develop the church's worship, creeds, and teachings.’
    • ‘You are intolerant of other races, creeds and religions.’
    • ‘This is not true Hinduism, which has always shown its tolerance and accepted in its fold other creeds and faiths.’
    • ‘The creed of the leftist religion is that any difference between people is a result of evil social forces.’
    • ‘People should be chosen for public award or recognition on their merits, not according to their race, colour, creed or religion.’
    • ‘Historically, creeds have developed whenever religions migrate from their homelands.’
    • ‘Don't creeds make faith into a matter of doctrines and dogmas?’
    • ‘The mayor said Thailand is known for a diversity of religions and creeds.’
    • ‘Our difference and argument with others is on the basis of their actions, deeds and practice and never on the basis of race, creed or religion.’
    • ‘Our taxation system should not be based on race, ethnicity, religious belief, or creed.’
    • ‘We are a society of many creeds and religious beliefs.’
    • ‘Although the prevailing faith is that of Islam, in no country in the world is a greater variety of religious creeds to be found amongst important sections of the community.’
    faith, religion, religious persuasion, religious conviction, religious group, faith community, church
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    1. 1.1A formal statement of Christian beliefs, especially the Apostles' Creed or the Nicene Creed.
      • ‘We take this to be the meaning of the phrase in the Creed that ‘he descended into hell’.’
      • ‘Parts of the Apostles' Creed are found in Christian writings dating to the second century.’
      • ‘In his book, he draws on one novel or film to illuminate each article of the Apostle's Creed.’
      • ‘To complete the ceremony they sang Christian songs, said the Apostle's Creed and the Lord's prayer.’
      • ‘The implications of the Creed for Christians in the postmodern era are staggering.’
      • ‘Facing the altar but not saying the words of the Creed as, after all, they were all nonsense, I stared at the window.’
      • ‘These include belief in the Creed of the Apostles and adherence to the doctrine of papal infallibility.’
      • ‘The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in The Apostles' Creed.’
      • ‘By the time the congregation rose to say the Creed, he had read three stories.’
      • ‘I would say exactly the same if the Apostles' Creed, which I adhere to, had been there in the legislation.’
      • ‘Certainly proclamation of faith is essential in the Eucharist, but do we need the Creed to accomplish that?’
      • ‘This is a true reading of the Apostles' Creed, which is the basis for all later creeds.’
      • ‘You know he doesn't want an answer that you've read in a book, or a quotation from the Creed used on Sundays.’
      • ‘However, the thing that evangelicals would add to the Apostles' Creed is their view of holy scripture.’
      • ‘Having a clear faith, based on the Creed of the Church, is often labeled today as a fundamentalism.’
      • ‘With my own children, I was amazed to hear their preschool voices recite the Apostles' Creed next to me in worship.’
      • ‘This Creed is in complete agreement with what the Bible states.’
      • ‘We share the same confession, the same Nicene Creed, the same Apostle's Creed, and so forth.’
      • ‘He helped to introduce singing the Creed at mass and to disseminate the performance of penance on the continent.’
      • ‘Both the Creed and the Lord's Prayer must come to our aid, as we shall hear later.’
    2. 1.2A set of beliefs or aims that guide someone's actions.
      ‘liberalism was more than a political creed’
      • ‘He knew that absolute creeds, whatever their ideal, cannot be reconciled with differing outlooks.’
      • ‘This is as dutiful and strong-willed a creed as any Victorian moralist could hope for.’
      • ‘This chosen nation myth has been the oldest and most continuous creed in American civil religion.’
      • ‘No ideology, creed or policy yet devised has ever stopped people trying to do the best for their children at a purely individual level.’
      • ‘Constitutional or not, the ideals are part of the American ethos and creed.’
      • ‘The burden that is laid upon a humanist or an atheist or someone who is not bound by any ideology or creed is that you believe in nothing but you believe in anything.’
      • ‘If that renders its essence elusive, even to those who profess to be its chief practitioners, it also endows this instinctive ideal with a longevity denied to creeds that have been fashioned on the work-benches of ideologues.’
      • ‘It remains a uniting force for people of diverse opinions and political creeds.’
      • ‘I don't want philosophies, tracts, dogmas, creeds, ways out, truths, answers, nothing from the bargain basement.’
      • ‘Irish Toryism was the dominant political creed down to 1859, at least in terms of Westminster seats.’
      • ‘Socialism, too, has virtually disappeared, so that liberals and conservatives are seeking a counter-image to contrast to their own political creeds.’
      • ‘These are voices that represent all world views and political creeds.’
      • ‘Surely there must be more subtle and effective ways to win people over to your political creed.’
      • ‘It is the appeasers' doctrine, the creed that inhibits the comprehensive response to a heinous deed.’
      • ‘What have been the features of this creed that has dominated political life?’
      • ‘Their whole creed in politics, is that it is okay as long as you don't get caught.’
      • ‘Yet wildlife slaughter has never been the prerogative of a single race or a particular political creed.’
      • ‘Add in the anti-capitalists' flair for dramatic protest, and you have a very attractive political creed.’
      • ‘Meritocracy really has fallen by the wayside, as a fashionable political creed.’
      • ‘And an argument without evidence is a sorry one indeed, more akin to a creed or dogma than scientific reasoning.’


Old English, from Latin credo.