Confucianism

[ kuh n-fyoo-shuh-niz-uh m ]
/ kənˈfyu ʃəˌnɪz əm /

noun

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

OTHER WORDS FROM Confucianism

Con·fu·cian·ist, noun, adjectivean·ti-Con·fu·cian·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for confucianism

Confucianism
/ (kənˈfjuːʃəˌnɪzəm) /

noun

the ethical system of Confucius, emphasizing moral order, the humanity and virtue of China's ancient rulers, and gentlemanly education

Derived forms of Confucianism

Confucianist, noun
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Cultural definitions for confucianism

Confucianism
[ (kuhn-fyooh-shuh-niz-uhm) ]

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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