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Confucian

[kuh n-fyoo-shuh n] /kənˈfyu ʃən/
noun
1.
an adherent of the teachings of Confucius.
2.
Also called Ju. a member of the school of philosophers, founded by Confucius, who codified in their teachings the traditional Chinese principles of ethics, morals, and politics.
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or resembling the teachings of Confucius.
Origin of Confucian
1830-1840
1830-40; Confuci(us) + -an
Related forms
anti-Confucian, noun, adjective
post-Confucian, adjective
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  • Unconsciously, the Chinese accept whole tracts of Confucian thought.

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
  • The sister principle of loyalty in Confucian ethics is obedience to parents.

    The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery
  • His learning in Confucian lore was profound, and he taught upwards of one thousand pupils.

  • The basal principles of Confucian ethics are the "five relations."

    The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery
  • To connect the Dean with Confucian temples or traditions may have appeared fantastic; but it is not.

    A Miscellany of Men G. K. Chesterton
  • The Communist process of conversion was different from the Confucian.

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
  • The world of fact in the Confucian ideology does not correspond with the beliefs accepted as fact by the dominant West.

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
  • The first might be a Confucian, the second a Taoist, the third a disciple of the Buddha.

    Comparative Religion J. Estlin Carpenter
  • He is one of the most voluminous of all the commentators upon the Confucian classics.

British Dictionary definitions for Confucian

Confucian

/kənˈfjuːʃən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the doctrines of Confucius
noun
2.
a follower of Confucius
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