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  1. Also Shin·to·ism. the native religion of Japan, primarily a system of nature and ancestor worship.
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  1. Also Shin·to·is·tic. of, relating to, or characteristic of Shinto.
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Origin of Shinto

< Japanese shintō, earlier shintau < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese shéndào way of the gods
Related formsShin·to·ist, noun, adjective
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Historical Examples of shinto

  • Shinto Temples, temples (in Japan) devoted to the Shinto religion.


    Thomas Roger Smith

  • One afternoon the great Shinto procession of the year was in progress.

    Travels in the Far East

    Ellen Mary Hayes Peck

  • Nearly all of the temples are dedicated to Shinto goddesses.

    Travels in the Far East

    Ellen Mary Hayes Peck

  • The ethics of Shinto were all included in conformity to custom.


    William Graham Sumner

  • It is considered sacred, and is studded with Shinto temples.

British Dictionary definitions for shinto


  1. the indigenous religion of Japan, polytheistic in character and incorporating the worship of a number of ethnic divinities, from the chief of which the emperor is believed to be descended
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Derived FormsShintoism, nounShintoist, noun, adjective

Word Origin for Shinto

C18: from Japanese: the way of the gods, from Chinese shên gods + tao way
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Word Origin and History for shinto



native religious system of Japan, 1727, from Chinese shin tao "way of the gods," from shin "god, gods, spirit" + tao "way, path, doctrine." Related: Shintoism.

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