nicene creed


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Nicene \Ni"cene\, a. [L. Nicaenus, fr. Nicaea Nice, Gr. ?.]
   Of or pertaining to Nice, a town of Asia Minor, or to the
   ecumenical council held there a. d. 325.
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   Nicene Creed, a summary of Christian faith, composed and
      adopted by the Council of Nice, against Arianism, a. d.
      325, altered and confirmed by the Council of
      Constantinople, a. d. 381, and by subsequent councils.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Creed \Creed\ (kr[=e]d), n. [OE. credo, crede, AS. creda, fr. L.
   credo I believe, at the beginning of the Apostles' creed, fr.
   credere to believe; akin to OIr. cretim I believe, and Skr.
   [,c]raddadh[=a]mi; [,c]rat trust + dh[=a] to put. See Do,
   v. t., and cf. Credo, Grant.]
   1. A definite summary of what is believed; esp., a summary of
      the articles of Christian faith; a confession of faith for
      public use; esp., one which is brief and comprehensive.
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            In the Protestant system the creed is not coordinate
            with, but always subordinate to, the Bible.
                                                  --Schaff-Herzog
                                                  Encyc.
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   2. Any summary of principles or opinions professed or adhered
      to.
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            I love him not, nor fear him; there's my creed.
                                                  --Shak.
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   Apostles' creed, Athanasian creed, Nicene creed. See
      under Apostle, Athanasian, Nicene.
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