- (in feudal Japan) the code of the samurai, stressing unquestioning loyalty and obedience and valuing honor above life.
Origin of Bushido
1895–1900; < Japanese bushidō, equivalent to bushi warrior (< Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese wǔ military + shì gentleman) + dō way (< Middle Chinese; see judo)
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He did the scene among other things they did in New York under the name of Bushido.Letters from China and Japan
In that sense, at least, Bushido must also be taken for a religion.
But what do you mean by saying your Bushido has become systematic and ethical.
Bushido consists of three Chinese characters, as the reviewer says.
- (sometimes not capital) the feudal code of the Japanese samurai, stressing self-discipline, courage and loyalty
C19: from Japanese bushi warrior (from Chinese wushih) + dō way (from Chinese tao)
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Word Origin and History for bushido
1898, from Japanese, said to mean literally "military-knight way."
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