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

    ‘people of many creeds and cultures’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Historically, creeds have developed whenever religions migrate from their homelands.’
    • ‘You are intolerant of other races, creeds and religions.’
    • ‘We are a society of many creeds and religious beliefs.’
    • ‘During the past 50 years, our society has been immeasurably enriched by people from different cultures, creeds and religions.’
    • ‘This is not true Hinduism, which has always shown its tolerance and accepted in its fold other creeds and faiths.’
    • ‘All belief systems, ideologies, creeds, and theological frameworks turn to dust.’
    • ‘Our taxation system should not be based on race, ethnicity, religious belief, or creed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Don't creeds make faith into a matter of doctrines and dogmas?’
    • ‘Churches and philosophers give us the impression that people live by systems and ideologies and creeds and things.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The successors to the first apostles were just beginning to organize their ministries and develop the church's worship, creeds, and teachings.’
    • ‘People should be chosen for public award or recognition on their merits, not according to their race, colour, creed or religion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He scoffed at the disparate creeds of religions, each claiming to see the truth through the colored lenses of its own dogmatism.’
    • ‘The mayor said Thailand is known for a diversity of religions and creeds.’
    • ‘The creed of the leftist religion is that any difference between people is a result of evil social forces.’
    • ‘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.’
    faith, religion, religious belief, religious beliefs, religious persuasion, religious conviction, religious group, faith community, church
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    1. 1.1often the CreedA formal statement of Christian beliefs, especially the Apostles' Creed or the Nicene Creed.
      ‘the godparents will then swear that they believe in the Creed and the Commandments’
      • ‘Parts of the Apostles' Creed are found in Christian writings dating to the second century.’
      • ‘These include belief in the Creed of the Apostles and adherence to the doctrine of papal infallibility.’
      • ‘The implications of the Creed for Christians in the postmodern era are staggering.’
      • ‘We share the same confession, the same Nicene Creed, the same Apostle's Creed, and so forth.’
      • ‘This is a true reading of the Apostles' Creed, which is the basis for all later creeds.’
      • ‘With my own children, I was amazed to hear their preschool voices recite the Apostles' Creed next to me in worship.’
      • ‘In his book, he draws on one novel or film to illuminate each article of the Apostle's Creed.’
      • ‘Certainly proclamation of faith is essential in the Eucharist, but do we need the Creed to accomplish that?’
      • ‘To complete the ceremony they sang Christian songs, said the Apostle's Creed and the Lord's prayer.’
      • ‘This Creed is in complete agreement with what the Bible states.’
      • ‘Facing the altar but not saying the words of the Creed as, after all, they were all nonsense, I stared at the window.’
      • ‘We take this to be the meaning of the phrase in the Creed that ‘he descended into hell’.’
      • ‘The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in The Apostles' Creed.’
      • ‘Having a clear faith, based on the Creed of the Church, is often labeled today as a fundamentalism.’
      • ‘However, the thing that evangelicals would add to the Apostles' Creed is their view of holy scripture.’
      • ‘I would say exactly the same if the Apostles' Creed, which I adhere to, had been there in the legislation.’
      • ‘Both the Creed and the Lord's Prayer must come to our aid, as we shall hear later.’
      • ‘He helped to introduce singing the Creed at mass and to disseminate the performance of penance on the continent.’
      • ‘You know he doesn't want an answer that you've read in a book, or a quotation from the Creed used on Sundays.’
      • ‘By the time the congregation rose to say the Creed, he had read three stories.’
      system of belief, set of principles, statement of beliefs, profession of faith
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    2. 1.2A set of beliefs or aims which guide someone's actions.
      ‘not everyone follows a creed of acceptance and understanding’
      • ‘These are voices that represent all world views and political creeds.’
      • ‘Socialism, too, has virtually disappeared, so that liberals and conservatives are seeking a counter-image to contrast to their own political creeds.’
      • ‘Surely there must be more subtle and effective ways to win people over to your political creed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He knew that absolute creeds, whatever their ideal, cannot be reconciled with differing outlooks.’
      • ‘And an argument without evidence is a sorry one indeed, more akin to a creed or dogma than scientific reasoning.’
      • ‘It is the appeasers' doctrine, the creed that inhibits the comprehensive response to a heinous deed.’
      • ‘This is as dutiful and strong-willed a creed as any Victorian moralist could hope for.’
      • ‘No ideology, creed or policy yet devised has ever stopped people trying to do the best for their children at a purely individual level.’
      • ‘What have been the features of this creed that has dominated political life?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Their whole creed in politics, is that it is okay as long as you don't get caught.’
      • ‘Constitutional or not, the ideals are part of the American ethos and creed.’
      • ‘Yet wildlife slaughter has never been the prerogative of a single race or a particular political creed.’
      • ‘Irish Toryism was the dominant political creed down to 1859, at least in terms of Westminster seats.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This chosen nation myth has been the oldest and most continuous creed in American civil religion.’
      moral code, morals, morality, moral stand, moral principles, moral values, rights and wrongs, principles, ideals, creed, credo, ethos, rules of conduct, standards, standards of behaviour, virtues, dictates of conscience
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/krēd/ /krid/


Old English, from Latin credo.