Shinto

Shinto

[shin-toh]
noun
1.
Also, Shintoism. the native religion of Japan, primarily a system of nature and ancestor worship.
adjective
2.
Also, Shintoistic. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Shinto.

Origin:
< Japanese shintō, earlier shintau < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese shéndào way of the gods

Shintoist, noun, adjective
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Shinto (ˈʃɪntəʊ)
 
n
the indigenous religion of Japan, polytheistic in character and incorporating the worship of a number of ethnic divinities, from the chief of which the emperor is believed to be descended
 
[C18: from Japanese: the way of the gods, from Chinese shên gods + tao way]
 
'Shintoism
 
n
 
'Shintoist
 
n, —adj

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Shinto
native religious system of Japan, 1727, from Chinese shin tao "way of the gods."
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