by means of loans on personal estate, after the manner of the crédit foncier on real estate. In practice,
however, this distinction has not been strictly observed.
(Cred"it*or) n. [L.: cf. F. crditeur. See Credit.]
1. One who credits, believes, or trusts.
The easy creditors of novelties.
2. One who gives credit in business matters; hence, one to whom money is due; correlative to debtor.
Creditors have better memories than debtors.
(Cred"it*ress Cred"i*trix) n. [L. creditrix.] A female creditor.
(Cre"do) n. [L. See Creed.] The creed, as sung or read in the Roman Catholic church.
He repeated Aves and Credos.
(Cre*du"li*ty) n. [L. credulitas, fr. credulus: cf. F. crédulité. See Credulous.] Readiness of
belief; a disposition to believe on slight evidence.
That implict credulity is the mark of a feeble mind will not be disputed.
Sir W. Hamilton.
(Cred"u*lous) a. [L. credulus, fr. credere. See Creed.]
1. Apt to believe on slight evidence; easily imposed upon; unsuspecting. Landor.
Eve, our credulous mother.
2. Believed too readily. [Obs.] Beau. & Fl.
(Cred"u*lous*ly), adv. With credulity.
(Cred"u*lous*ness), n. Readiness to believe on slight evidence; credulity.
Beyond all credulity is the credulousness of atheists.
(Creed) 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. çraddadhami; çrat trust +
dha 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.
In the Protestant system the creed is not coördinate with, but always subordinate to, the Bible.
2. Any summary of principles or opinions professed or adhered to.
I love him not, nor fear him; there's my creed. Apostles' creed, Athanasian creed, Nicene creed. See under Apostle, Athanasian, Nicene.
(Creed), v. t. To believe; to credit. [Obs.]
That part which is so creeded by the people.