Bu·​shi·​do | \ ˈbu̇-shi-ˌdō How to pronounce Bushido (audio) , ˈbü- \

Definition of Bushido

: a feudal-military Japanese code of behavior valuing honor above life

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First formulated in the 17th century, bushido is the code of conduct of the samurai class of Japan. Its precise content varied over time, taking on overtones of Zen Buddhism and Confucianism. Along with self-discipline, honor, and austerity, one constant feature was the samurai’s obligation to his lord, which superseded even familial ties. This obligation of loyalty and sacrifice was transferred to the emperor with the Meiji Restoration and was a significant feature of the Japanese national mindset during World War II.

First Known Use of Bushido

1898, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Bushido

Japanese bushidō

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“Bushido.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Bushido. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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