Tao·​ism | \ ˈdau̇-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce Taoism (audio) , ˈtau̇- \
variants: or less commonly \ ˈdau̇-​ˌi-​zəm How to pronounce Daoism (audio) \

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

Other Words from Taoism

Taoist \ ˈdau̇-​ist How to pronounce Taoist (audio) , ˈtau̇-​ \ adjective or noun
Taoistic \ dau̇-​ˈi-​stik How to pronounce Taoistic (audio) , tau̇-​ \ adjective

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1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Taoism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Taoism. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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: 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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