Also jiu·jut·su [joo-juht-soo, -joot-] /dʒuˈdʒʌt su, -ˈdʒut-/.
- a method developed in Japan of defending oneself without the use of weapons by using the strength and weight of an adversary to disable him.
- the use of an opponent's strengths or one's own weaknesses to accomplish one's goals: That was a kind of intellectual jujitsu, the way she handily won the debate. The town of Vacaville, in a prime example of touristic jujitsu, turned its isolation into an attraction in itself.
- to turn (a situation) to one's advantage by exploiting one's own weaknesses or another's strengths, as in a social or political relationship: He deftly jujitsued the conversation to make my knowledge of the subject seem pretentious.
Also ju·jut·su, jiu·jut·su [joo-juht-soo, -joo-] /dʒuˈdʒʌt su, -ˈdʒʊ-/.
Origin of jujitsu
1870–75; < Japanese jūjitsu, earlier jūjutsu, equivalent to jū soft (see judo) + -jut(u) technique < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese shù
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Examples from the Web for jiujitsu
When our jiujitsu is called "wrestling," it hurts our feelings a little.'
He was taking lessons in jiujitsu under a Japanese master when I was at Washington early last year.
We do not like our jiujitsu to be confounded with it, though Western people sometimes call it by that name.
The writer added that jiujitsu was exactly the same as the English wrestling, with a few different tricks.'
Hence a great difference in the social position of jiujitsu experts and wrestlers.
- variant spellings of jujitsu
jujutsu or jiujutsu
- the traditional Japanese system of unarmed self-defence perfected by the samuraiSee also judo
C19: from Japanese, from jū gentleness + jutsu art
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Word Origin and History for jiujitsu
also ju-jitsu, 1875, from Japanese jujutsu, from ju "softness, gentleness" (from Chinese jou "soft, gentle") + jutsu "art, science," from Chinese shu, shut.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper