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[kuh n-fyoo-shuh-niz-uh m]
  1. the system of ethics, education, and statesmanship taught by Confucius and his disciples, stressing love for humanity, ancestor worship, reverence for parents, and harmony in thought and conduct.
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Origin of Confucianism

First recorded in 1860–65; Confucian + -ism
Related formsCon·fu·cian·ist, noun, adjectivean·ti-Con·fu·cian·ism, noun
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Historical Examples of confucianism

  • But it is Confucianism that has remained the creed of educated China.

    Introduction to the History of Religions

    Crawford Howell Toy

  • Confucianism is therefore entirely a system of morality, and not a religion.

  • Buddhism, Confucianism, Shintoism, are impartially recognised.

    Studies in Literature and History

    Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall

  • Confucianism is even less deserving the name of a religion than Shinto.

  • Loyalty is the one idea which dominates all others in the Confucianism of Japan.

British Dictionary definitions for confucianism


  1. the ethical system of Confucius, emphasizing moral order, the humanity and virtue of China's ancient rulers, and gentlemanly education
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Derived FormsConfucianist, noun
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confucianism in Culture



A system of ethics, founded on the teachings of Confucius, that influenced the traditional culture of China. Confucianism places a high value on learning and stresses family relationships.

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