[kuh n-fyoo-shuh-niz-uh m]


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.

Origin of Confucianism

First recorded in 1860–65; Confucian + -ism
Related formsCon·fu·cian·ist, noun, adjectivean·ti-Con·fu·cian·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for confucianist

Historical Examples of confucianist

  • No one will deny that the Buddhist, the Mahometan, the Confucianist, have their grasp of truth.

  • Yet though he was a Confucianist, he decried the family system.

    The Pacific Triangle

    Sydney Greenbie

  • This young Confucianist is the bud and prototype of the adult scholar.

    Village Life in China

    Arthur H. Smith

  • He is but a Confucianist, bound to the letter of material substance.

  • To speak of a child's love for his father, or a man's love for God, is repugnant to the Confucianist.

British Dictionary definitions for confucianist



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