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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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Examples from the Web for Confucianism
Historical Examples
  • But it is Confucianism that has remained the creed of educated China.

  • Confucianism is therefore entirely a system of morality, and not a religion.

    Religions of Ancient China Herbert A. Giles
  • Buddhism, Confucianism, Shintoism, are impartially recognised.

    Studies in Literature and History

    Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall
  • Confucianism is even less deserving the name of a religion than Shinto.

    The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery
  • Loyalty is the one idea which dominates all others in the Confucianism of Japan.

    The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery
  • And yet this rule is the very essence of Confucianism and was borrowed from it.

    The Christ John Eleazer Remsburg
  • In another way Confucianism is opposed to Western civilisation.

    Changing China William Gascoyne-Cecil
  • The system known as Confucianism was not originated by Confucius.

    The God-Idea of the Ancients Eliza Burt Gamble
  • Taoism cannot be understood without some knowledge of Confucianism and vice versa.

    The Book of Tea Kakuzo Okakura
  • Confucianism is—but perhaps you will not understand this—more a philosophy than a religion.

    Peeps Into China E. C. Phillips
British Dictionary definitions for Confucianism


the ethical system of Confucius, emphasizing moral order, the humanity and virtue of China's ancient rulers, and gentlemanly education
Derived Forms
Confucianist, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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