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nounplural noun credos

  • 1A statement of the beliefs or aims which guide someone's actions.

    ‘he announced his credo in his first editorial’
    • ‘When does less than full belief in a professed credo become actionable fraud if one is soliciting gifts or legacies?’
    • ‘Their mission statements read like political manifestos rather than educational credos.’
    • ‘Your credo can guide you, but you cannot magically make it your mother's guiding principle as well.’
    • ‘That credo was commendable for normal life but not for ambitious politicians.’
    • ‘Both are driven, in one way or another, by the familiar credo of Power and Responsibility.’
    • ‘Its credo espouses values such as integrity, offering the best value and service, and sustainability.’
    • ‘He wasn't aware that my credo is that he who criticizes the last topic becomes the new topic.’
    • ‘I knew him, and well enough to understand both his credo and the spirit that spurred him on as a musical creator.’
    • ‘There's been an awful lot of blogging credos running around the web lately.’
    • ‘It's one thing to spout fiery credos as a youth, but it's quite another thing to live by them forever after.’
    • ‘But even at his worst, he stuck to his guns and lived by his credos in a way that few people and fewer politicians ever do.’
    • ‘Such an ambitious credo sounds incongruous coming from someone whose debut album is not only innovative but also seems resolutely uncommercial.’
    • ‘Further, professional journalists have a credo that they don't just poach on other people's scoops.’
    • ‘But his mother did teach him to stand up for himself and that is the credo that he now brings to his children, four sons and three daughters.’
    • ‘I would like to leave you, my valued readers and friends, with my new credo.’
    • ‘But having grown up under the credo that information should be free, they see no reason to pay for news.’
    • ‘I strongly agree with her basic stance, and with the points of her credo.’
    • ‘This is the credo by which I am genetically and irreversibly bound to live.’
    • ‘That was not all: the Credo declared that ‘Talk of an independent workers' political party is nothing but the result of transplanting alien aims and alien achievements on to our soil.’’
    • ‘Don't you wish your bank or phone company or car dealer would live by (or even vaguely imagine living by) such a Credo?’
    doctrine, belief, creed, credo, attitude, rule, golden rule, guideline, formula, standard, criterion, tenet, truism, code, ethic, maxim, motto, axiom, aphorism, notion, dictum, dogma, canon, law
    morals, morality, moral standards, moral values, ethics, code of ethics, beliefs, credo, ideals, standards, integrity, uprightness, high-mindedness, righteousness, virtue, probity, rectitude, sense of honour, honour, decency, conscience, sense of duty, scruples
    1. 1.1A creed of the Christian Church in Latin.
      ‘There, he advises that someone should recite the Credo continuously for a dying person, which was the customary practice of his fellow friars.’
      • ‘The Mass omits the Credo and takes as its central point, the Holy Eucharist as narrated in the story of Christ's meeting with the disciples on the road to Emmaus.’
      • ‘Moreover, in the same paragraph, he describes the Credo as the central ‘confession of faith’ when he surely means ‘profession of faith’.’
    2. 1.2A musical setting of the Nicene Creed, typically as part of a mass.
      ‘the Credo of Bach's B minor Mass’
      • ‘It includes mass movements (all Glorias or Credos), motets, and a variety of secular songs in French and Italian.’
      • ‘As with the old Missa Brevis, so too nowadays it's not strictly necessary to set the Credo to fresh music.’
      • ‘The first note, F, sung by the tenor in bars 1 and 2, in this instance personifying the final note of the chanson's tenor, prefigures the opening F of the cantus firmus in bar 15 of the Credo.’
      • ‘That's because the Credo is based on an older work, not by Beethoven, but by Bach - the very first prelude from Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier.’
      • ‘One especially powerful instance occurs in the Credo movement of the Mass for Four Voices.’



/ˈkrēˌdō/ /ˈkriˌdoʊ/ /ˈkrāˌdō/ /ˈkreɪˌdoʊ/


Middle English Latin, ‘I believe’. Compare with creed.