[ kuhn-fyoo-shuhn ]

  1. an adherent of the teachings of Confucius.

  2. Also called Ju. a member of the school of philosophers, founded by Confucius, who codified in their teachings the traditional Chinese principles of ethics, morals, and politics.

  1. of, relating to, or resembling the teachings of Confucius.

Origin of Confucian

First recorded in 1830–40; Confuci(us) + -an

Other words from Confucian

  • an·ti-Con·fu·cian, noun, adjective
  • post-Con·fu·cian, noun, adjective
  • pro-Con·fu·cian, noun, adjective

Words Nearby Confucian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Confucian in a sentence

  • He was a man of high degree, equal to the Western M. A., and was one of the proudest and most overbearing of Confucian scholars.

  • I am not a Confucian; because I cannot reduce religion to philosophy or elevate philosophy into religion.

  • Such appears to have been, in all ages, the Confucian economy.

    What is Property? | P. J. Proudhon
  • Need I say that the grouse was admirable, that everything was delicious, and the Confucian weed first chop?

    Mount Rainier | Various

British Dictionary definitions for Confucian


/ (kənˈfjuːʃən) /

  1. of or relating to the doctrines of Confucius

  1. a follower of Confucius

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