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  1. (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)
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Examples from the Web for bushido

Historical Examples

  • Where is Bushido in Japan, that it does not rise in indignation at these atrocities?

    The Pacific Triangle

    Sydney Greenbie

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

  • In that sense, at least, Bushido must also be taken for a religion.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan

    Baron Kencho Suyematsu

  • But what do you mean by saying your Bushido has become systematic and ethical.

    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

British Dictionary definitions for bushido


  1. (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)
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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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