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Confucian

[kuh n-fyoo-shuh n] /kənˈfyu ʃən/
noun
1.
an adherent of the teachings of Confucius.
2.
Also called Ju. a member of the school of philosophers, founded by Confucius, who codified in their teachings the traditional Chinese principles of ethics, morals, and politics.
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or resembling the teachings of Confucius.
Origin of Confucian
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40; Confuci(us) + -an
Related forms
anti-Confucian, noun, adjective
post-Confucian, adjective
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  • She felt as astonished as if some Confucian fanatic had set up his joss at auction.

    The Coast of Chance Esther Chamberlain
  • The sister principle of loyalty in Confucian ethics is obedience to parents.

    The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery
  • The basal principles of Confucian ethics are the "five relations."

    The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery
  • Confucian ethics are the basis of morality and social order.

  • The Communist process of conversion was different from the Confucian.

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
  • The first might be a Confucian, the second a Taoist, the third a disciple of the Buddha.

    Comparative Religion J. Estlin Carpenter
  • The Christian and the Confucian agree in this, as they do in much else, that all knowledge must be shared.

    Changing China William Gascoyne-Cecil
  • This courtesy is all the direct result of Confucian teaching.

    Changing China William Gascoyne-Cecil
  • Their highest quality is obedience, which is the result of their Confucian culture.

    Changing China William Gascoyne-Cecil
British Dictionary definitions for Confucian

Confucian

/kənˈfjuːʃən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the doctrines of Confucius
noun
2.
a follower of Confucius
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