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jiujitsu

[joo-jit-soo]
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noun
  1. jujitsu.
Also jiu·jut·su [joo-juht-soo, -joot-] /dʒuˈdʒʌt su, -ˈdʒut-/.

jujitsu

or jiu·jit·su

[joo-jit-soo]
noun
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
verb (used with object)
  1. 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-/.
Compare judo, karate.

Origin of jujitsu

1870–75; < Japanese jūjitsu, earlier jūjutsu, equivalent to soft (see judo) + -jut(u) technique < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese shù
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Examples from the Web for jiujitsu

Historical Examples

  • When our jiujitsu is called "wrestling," it hurts our feelings a little.'

    A Fantasy of Far Japan

    Baron Kencho Suyematsu

  • He was taking lessons in jiujitsu under a Japanese master when I was at Washington early last year.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan

    Baron Kencho Suyematsu

  • We do not like our jiujitsu to be confounded with it, though Western people sometimes call it by that name.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan

    Baron Kencho Suyematsu

  • The writer added that jiujitsu was exactly the same as the English wrestling, with a few different tricks.'

    A Fantasy of Far Japan

    Baron Kencho Suyematsu

  • Hence a great difference in the social position of jiujitsu experts and wrestlers.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan

    Baron Kencho Suyematsu


British Dictionary definitions for jiujitsu

jiujitsu

jiujutsu

noun
  1. variant spellings of jujitsu

jujitsu

jujutsu or jiujutsu

noun
  1. the traditional Japanese system of unarmed self-defence perfected by the samuraiSee also judo

Word Origin

C19: from Japanese, from gentleness + jutsu art
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for jiujitsu

jujitsu

n.

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