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  1. Li ErhLi Er, 6th-century b.c., Chinese philosopher: reputed founder of Taoism.
  2. (italics) Tao Te Ching.
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Also Lao-tse Pinyin, Lao·zi.

Tao Te Ching

[dou de jing]
  1. the philosophical book in verse supposedly written by Lao-tzu.
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Also called Lao-tzu, Lao-tse.
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Examples from the Web for lao-tse

Historical Examples

  • It consists in the study of the teachings of Confucius and Lao-tse.

    Alden's Handy Atlas of the World

    John B. Alden

  • Lao-Tse, we assert, is the ideal author to read while the barber is at his business.

    Plum Pudding

    Christopher Morley

  • This man was called Lao-tse, a recluse and philosopher, who was already an old man when Confucius began his travels.

  • When preparing for this distinguished office he discovers within himself leanings towards the religion of Lao-Tse.

  • But the effect of this relation is fatal to its identification with the non-resistance doctrine of Buddha and Lao-tse.