Taoism

noun Tao·ism \ -ˌi-zəm \
variants: or less commonly play \ˈdau̇-\

Definition of Taoism

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 : a religion developed from Taoist philosophy and folk and Buddhist religion and concerned with obtaining long life and good fortune often by magical means

Taoist

play \-ist\ adjective or noun

Taoistic

play \dau̇-ˈis-tik, tau̇-\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of taoism

Tao


TAOISM Defined for English Language Learners

Taoism

noun

Definition of Taoism for English Language Learners

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


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