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Taoism

[dou-iz-uh m, tou-] /ˈdaʊ ɪz əm, ˈtaʊ-/
noun
1.
the philosophical system evolved by Lao-tzu and Chuang-tzu, advocating a life of complete simplicity and naturalness and of noninterference with the course of natural events, in order to attain a happy existence in harmony with the Tao.
2.
Also called Hsüan Chiao. a popular Chinese religion, originating in the doctrines of Lao-tzu but later highly eclectic in nature and characterized by a pantheon of many gods and by the practice of alchemy, divination, and magic.
Origin
Tao + -ism
Related forms
Taoist, noun, adjective
Taoistic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Taoism

Taoism

/ˈtaʊɪzəm/
noun
1.
the philosophy of Lao Zi that advocates a simple honest life and noninterference with the course of natural events
2.
a popular Chinese system of religion and philosophy claiming to be teachings of Lao Zi but also incorporating pantheism and sorcery
Derived Forms
Taoist, noun, adjective
Taoistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for Taoism
n.

religious system founded by Lao Tzu (b. 604 B.C.E.), 1839, from Chinese tao "way, path, right way (of life), reason" + -ism.

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Taoism in Culture
Taoism [(dou-iz-uhm)]

A religion native to China. Its adherents attempt to live according to the Tao — the “Way,” which they believe governs the universe.

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