noun \-ˌi-zəm\

: a Chinese philosophy based on the writings of Lao-tzu that stresses living simply and honestly and in harmony with nature

Full Definition of TAOISM

:  a Chinese mystical philosophy traditionally founded by Lao-tzu in the sixth century b.c. that teaches conformity to the Tao by unassertive action and simplicity
:  a religion developed from Taoist philosophy and folk and Buddhist religion and concerned with obtaining long life and good fortune often by magical means
Tao·ist \-ist\ adjective or noun
Tao·is·tic \da-ˈis-tik, ta-\ adjective

Variants of TAOISM

Tao·ism also Dao·ism \ˈda-\

Origin of TAOISM

First Known Use: 1838


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