- (in philosophical Taoism) that in virtue of which all things happen or exist.
- the rational basis of human activity or conduct.
- a universal, regarded as an ideal attained to a greater or lesser degree by those embodying it.
Origin of Tao
< Chinese (Wade-Giles) Tao4, (pinyin) dào literally, way
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Examples from the Web for tao
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They worked in a unit called Tailored Access Operations, or TAO.How the NSA Became a Killing Machine
November 9, 2014
We went to Professor Tao and asked for freer access, which was granted.
Professor Tao agreed to open his doors for us to film at his center.
One is on African primal religions, another on the tao of T'ai Chi Ch'uan, another on the path to total rejuvenation.The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou
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April 27, 2014
In strong contrast with this mode of life is that of the tao.An Epoch in History
P. H. Eley
Religious writings (the Old Testament, Tao) are also examples.The Civilization of Illiteracy
How pure and still the Tao is, as if it would ever so continue!
If it were not (thus) laughed at, it would not be fit to be the Tao.
All the world says that, while my Tao is great, it yet appears to be inferior (to other systems of teaching).
- that in virtue of which all things happen or exist
- the rational basis of human conduct
- the course of life and its relation to eternal truth
Chinese, literally: path, way
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Word Origin and History for tao
1736, from Chinese tao "way, path, right way (of life), reason."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper