Origins – What people believe in

Credo, to believe, is the origin of four other useful English words.
1.Credo – personal belief, code of ethics; the principles by which people guide their actions.
2.Creed – a close synonym of credo; in addition, a religious belief, such as Catholicism, Judaism, Protestantism, Hinduism, etc.
3.Credence – belief, as in, ‘I place no credence in his stories’, or ‘Why should I give any credence to what you say?
4.Credentials – a document or documents proving a person’s right to a title or privilege (i.e. a right to be believed), as in, ‘The new ambassador presented his credentials to the State Department’.
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