Taoism

play
noun Tao·ism \-ˌi-zəm\

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

Taoist

play \-ist\ adjective or noun

Taoistic

play \dau̇-ˈis-tik, tau̇-\ adjective

Variants of taoism

less commonly

Daoism

\ˈdau̇-\

Origin and Etymology of taoism

Tao


First Known Use: 1838


TAOISM Defined for English Language Learners

Taoism

play
noun Tao·ism \-ˌi-zəm\

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


Learn More about taoism


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Taoism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

an alert or lookout

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • alphabet-magnets
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ