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Taoism

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noun Tao·ism \-ˌi-zəm\

Simple Definition of Taoism

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2 :  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 play \-ist\ adjective or noun
Tao·is·tic play \dau̇-ˈis-tik, tau̇-\ adjective

Variants of taoism

also Dao·ism \ˈdau̇-\

Origin of taoism

Tao


First Known Use: 1838


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