1. A formal statement of religious belief; a confession of faith.
2. A system of belief, principles, or opinions: laws banning discrimination on the basis of race or creed; an architectural creed that demanded simple lines.
[Middle English crede, from Old English crēda, from Latin crēdō, I believe; see CREDO.]
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