EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun the philosophical system evolved by Lao-tzu and Chuang-tzu, advocating a life of complete simplicity and naturalness and of noninterference with the course of natural events, in order to attain a happy existence in harmony with the Tao. Also called Hsüan Chiao. a popular Chinese religion, originating in the doctrines of Lao-tzu but later highly eclectic in nature and characterized by a pantheon of many gods and by the practice of alchemy, divination, and magic. Related forms Tao·ist, noun, adjective Tao·is·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for taoism Historical Examples of taoism
Note: “In a yellow robe,” is an indication of
Taoism: compare with No. 38.
For many centuries Buddhism and
Taoism were in bitter antagonism.
In the group of nine, Lao-tseu, the founder of
Taoism, is the ninth figure.
Nobody believed in
Taoism, and they knew nothing of its doctrine or of its worship.
The superstitions which have grown up about
Taoism particularly are innumerable. British Dictionary definitions for taoism noun the philosophy of Lao Zi that advocates a simple honest life and noninterference with the course of natural events a popular Chinese system of religion and philosophy claiming to be teachings of Lao Zi but also incorporating pantheism and sorcery Derived Forms Taoist, noun, adjective Taoistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for taoism n.
religious system founded by Lao Tzu (b. 604 B.C.E.), 1839, from Chinese
tao "way, path, right way (of life), reason" + -ism.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
A religion native to
China. Its adherents attempt to live according to the Tao — the “Way,” which they believe governs the universe.
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