Latin Root: Credere - To Believe
The Latin root credere, meaning to believe or to trust, yields dozens of English derivatives.
Below you will find a list of the most common English derivatives. Your students will likely know some of them already, while others may be new, even to teachers.
1. credible: able to be believed, trustworthy.
2. incredible: not able to be believed, untrustworthy.
3. credit: those banks trust you will pay them back.
4. credo: literally, I believe. A credo is any creed or formula of belief.
5. creed: a system of belief, or a formal statement of belief.
6. credulous: trusting, willing to believe. Don't be too credulous when politicians make promises.
7. incredulous: not trusting, skeptical.
8. credulity: willingness to believe, especially without strong evidence or proof.
--Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
9. creditor: a person to whom money is due.
10. credentials: anything that provides the basis for belief, trust, or confidence.
11. credendum: the which must be believed, a doctrine that requires belief or faith.
12. credence: belief or confidence as to the truth of something. The jury gave no credence to the defendant's claims.
13. credal: of or relating to a creed, having to do with a system of belief.