Definition of Taoism

1. Noun. A Chinese sect claiming to follow the teaching of Lao-tzu but incorporating pantheism and sorcery in addition to Taoism.

Generic synonyms: Religious Order, Religious Sect, Sect
Member holonyms: Tao, Taoist
Derivative terms: Taoist



2. Noun. Religion adhering to the teaching of Lao-tzu.
Category relationships: Daoism
Generic synonyms: Faith, Organized Religion, Religion
Member holonyms: Tao, Taoist
Derivative terms: Taoist

3. Noun. Popular Chinese philosophical system based in teachings of Lao-tzu but characterized by a pantheism of many gods and the practices of alchemy and divination and magic.
Exact synonyms: Hsuan Chiao
Generic synonyms: Faith, Religion, Religious Belief
Derivative terms: Taoist

4. Noun. Philosophical system developed by Lao-tzu and Chuang-tzu advocating a simple honest life and noninterference with the course of natural events.
Exact synonyms: Daoism
Generic synonyms: Philosophical Doctrine, Philosophical Theory
Terms within: Tao
Examples of category: Tao
Derivative terms: Taoist

Definition of Taoism

1. n. One of the popular religions of China, sanctioned by the state.

Definition of Taoism

1. Noun. a Chinese mystical philosophy traditionally founded by Lao-tzu in the 6th century B.C. that teaches conformity to the tao by unassertive action and simplicity ¹

2. Noun. a religion developed from Taoist philosophy and folk and Buddhist religion and concerned with obtaining long life and good fortune often by magical means ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Taoism

Tantric
Tantrik
Tantrism
Tantrist
Tanya
Tanzania
Tanzanian
Tanzanian Sign Language
Tanzanian monetary unit
Tanzanian shilling
Tanzanians
Tanzim
Tanzimul Fuqra
Tao
Taoiseach
Taoism (current term)
Taoisms
Taoist
Taoist Trinity
Taoists
Taos
Taoyuan
Tapei
Taphthartharath
Tapia's syndrome
Tapiridae
Tapirus
Tapirus indicus
Tapirus terrestris
Tappan

Literary usage of Taoism

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1. The World's Parliament of Religions: An Illustrated and Popular Story of the by John Henry Barrows (1893)
"Taoism anil Confucianism are the oldest religions of China. Taoism originated with the originator of all religions, lie transmitted it to Lao-tsze, ..."

2. The Book of Tea by Kakuzō Okakura (1906)
"But the chief contribution of Taoism to Asiatic life has been in the realm ... Chinese historians have always spoken of Taoism as the " art of being in the ..."

3. The Book of Tea by Kakuzō Okakura (1906)
"But the chief contribution of Taoism i to Asiatic life has been in the realm ... .Chinese historians have always spoken of Taoism as the " ait-ofโ€” I being ..."

4. L. Richard's ... Comprehensive Geography of the Chinese Empire and by Louis Richard (1908)
"Taoism in the Ts'in and Han Dynasties, ibid. p. 335-350). ... Similarity between Buddhism and early Taoism. โ€” China Review. (Vol. XV. p. 96-9!)). Giles II. ..."

5. L. Richard's ... Comprehensive Geography of the Chinese Empire and by Louis Richard, M. Kennelly (1908)
"De Howry L. โ€” Le Taoism. Paris, 189-'. Julien S. โ€” Le Livre de la Voie et de la Vertu. ... Taoism in the Ts'in and Han Dynasties, ibid. p. 335-350). ..."

6. The History of Religions by Edward Washburn Hopkins (1918)
"On the contrary, Taoism is thoroughly Chinese and Lao himself was foreign only ... Yet the basis of Taoism is inherent in the King, and Taoism belonged to ..."

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