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[kuh n-fyoo-shuh-niz-uh m] /kənˈfyu ʃəˌnɪz əm/
the system of ethics, education, and statesmanship taught by Confucius and his disciples, stressing love for humanity, ancestor worship, reverence for parents, and harmony in thought and conduct.
Origin of Confucianism
First recorded in 1860-65; Confucian + -ism
Related forms
Confucianist, noun, adjective
anti-Confucianism, noun Unabridged
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the ethical system of Confucius, emphasizing moral order, the humanity and virtue of China's ancient rulers, and gentlemanly education
Derived Forms
Confucianist, noun
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Confucianism in Culture
Confucianism [(kuhn-fyooh-shuh-niz-uhm)]

A system of ethics, founded on the teachings of Confucius, that influenced the traditional culture of China. Confucianism places a high value on learning and stresses family relationships.

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