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[boo-shee-daw] /ˈbu ʃiˌdɔ/
(in feudal Japan) the code of the samurai, stressing unquestioning loyalty and obedience and valuing honor above life.
Origin of Bushido
1895-1900; < Japanese bushidō, equivalent to bushi warrior (< Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese military + shì gentleman) + way (< Middle Chinese; see judo) Unabridged
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  • In the Bushido ideal of woman, however, there is little mystery and only a seeming paradox.

  • He did the scene among other things they did in New York under the name of Bushido.

  • Did a monarch behave badly, Bushido did not lay before the suffering people the panacea of a good government by regicide.

    'I Believe' and other essays Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • But what do you mean by saying your Bushido has become systematic and ethical.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan Baron Kencho Suyematsu
  • In that sense, at least, Bushido must also be taken for a religion.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan Baron Kencho Suyematsu
  • Bushido consists of three Chinese characters, as the reviewer says.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan Baron Kencho Suyematsu
  • To give an exact definition of the word "Bushido" is impossible, because the conception of it is unknown to us.

  • Was Bushido powerless to stay the current of commercial dishonor?

  • It appeared among our warriors as Bushido (the way of the soldier), but it is not the monopoly of soldiers.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • It must, however, be always remembered that the keynote of Bushido was from the very beginning an indomitable sense of honour.

    The Japanese Spirit Yoshisaburo Okakura
British Dictionary definitions for Bushido


(sometimes not capital) the feudal code of the Japanese samurai, stressing self-discipline, courage and loyalty
Word Origin
C19: from Japanese bushi warrior (from Chinese wushih) + way (from Chinese tao)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Bushido



1898, from Japanese, said to mean literally "military-knight way."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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