[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
Related formsCon·fu·cian·ist, noun, adjectivean·ti-Con·fu·cian·ism, noun
First recorded in 1860–65; Confucian
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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.
This young Confucianist is the bud and prototype of the adult scholar.
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
Derived FormsConfucianist, noun
the ethical system of Confucius, emphasizing moral order, the humanity and virtue of China's ancient rulers, and gentlemanly education
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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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