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[shin-toh] /ˈʃɪn toʊ/
Also, Shintoism. the native religion of Japan, primarily a system of nature and ancestor worship.
Also, Shintoistic. of, relating to, or characteristic of Shinto.
Origin of Shinto
< Japanese shintō, earlier shintau < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese shéndào way of the gods
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Shintoist, noun, adjective Unabridged
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the indigenous religion of Japan, polytheistic in character and incorporating the worship of a number of ethnic divinities, from the chief of which the emperor is believed to be descended
Derived Forms
Shintoism, noun
Shintoist, noun, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Japanese: the way of the gods, from Chinese shên gods + tao way
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Word Origin and History for Shinto

native religious system of Japan, 1727, from Chinese shin tao "way of the gods," from shin "god, gods, spirit" + tao "way, path, doctrine." Related: Shintoism.

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