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What is the difference between creed and credo? They seem to have the same definition in online dictionaries. Do they have different connotations?

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They are interchangeable, but I think there are some subtleties that may or may not be important.

A creed is often a shared and established statement of belief. The Nicene Creed was established to be a statement of faith symbolizing a shared understanding of Christianity between believers.

Credo, or "I believe," tends to be a personal statement and is not necessarily bound by a group. My personal credo could be, "Bacon, always."

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Credo could be seen as more formal, since it's from the original Latin, but I'm not aware of any other specific connotations for either word.

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Creed is an English word, and credo is the Latin word it is borrowed from. Creed would probably be the preferred term unless you wanted to use a non-English word for some reason.

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To me credo has a connotation of a personal belief. Almost a tagline. I think these are sometimes used light heartedly. jboneca's 'Always Bacon' is a fantastic example.

A creed to me implies a more formal statement of belief (church) or ethics (business). It carries more conviction. ex Assassins Creed , Nicene Creed, etc.

This is my opinion and reflects how I have experienced their uses. Research clearly supports jboneca's statement that creed is based on credo.

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