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[kuh n-fyoo-shuh s] /kənˈfyu ʃəs/
(K'ung Ch'iu) 551? b.c.–478? b.c, Chinese philosopher and teacher.
Chinese K'ung Fu-tzŭ. Unabridged
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  • Who can estimate the enormous influence of Confucius and Laotse in moulding and rendering uniform the culture of China?

    The Group Mind William McDougall
  • In the time of Confucius the Chou dynasty still filled the throne.

  • No wonder that Confucius found filial piety beyond his powers of definition.

    The Civilization Of China Herbert A. Giles
  • Confucius married at nineteen, and is known to have had one son and one daughter.

  • Appeal to the teaching of Confucius, and every Chinaman will treat you with respect, and at least try to appear guided by it.

    Intimate China Mrs. Archibald Little
  • Confucius often met them in his wanderings, and was reproved for not doing as they did.

  • Confucius the great Chinese philosopher was eminently good as well as wise.

  • As they sat together, Confucius asked him, What does your master do?

British Dictionary definitions for Confucius


Chinese name Kong Zi or K'ung Fu-tse. 551–479 bc, Chinese philosopher and teacher of ethics (see Confucianism). His doctrines were compiled after his death under the title The Analects of Confucius
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Word Origin and History for Confucius

1837, Latinization of Chinese K'ung Fu-tzu "K'ung the philosopher (or Master)" (c.551 B.C.E.-c.479 B.C.E.). The name first appears in a Latin publication of Chinese works (Paris, 1687). Connection with the martial arts kung-fu is obscure, uncertain. His philosophy based on the Golden Rule: "What you do not like when done to yourself do not do to others." Related: Confucian (adj., 1837); Confucianism (1846).

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Confucius in Culture

Confucius definition

A Chinese philosopher of the sixth century b.c.; the founder of Confucianism. His teachings have come down to us as a collection of short sayings.

An engraving of the Chinese philosopher

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