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jiujitsu

[joo-jit-soo] /dʒuˈdʒɪt su/
noun
1.
Also, jiujutsu
[joo-juht-soo, -joot-] /dʒuˈdʒʌt su, -ˈdʒut-/ (Show IPA)
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jujitsu

or jiujitsu, jiujutsu, jujutsu

[joo-jit-soo] /dʒuˈdʒɪt su/
noun
1.
a method developed in Japan of defending oneself without the use of weapons by using the strength and weight of an adversary to disable him.
2.
the use of an opponent's strengths or one's own weaknesses to accomplish one's goals: That was a kind of intellectual jujitsu, the way she handily won the debate.
The town of Vacaville, in a prime example of touristic jujitsu, turned its isolation into an attraction in itself.
verb (used with object)
3.
to turn (a situation) to one's advantage by exploiting one's own weaknesses or another's strengths, as in a social or political relationship:
He deftly jujitsued the conversation to make my knowledge of the subject seem pretentious.
Compare judo, karate.
Origin of jujitsu
1870-1875
1870-75; < Japanese jūjitsu, earlier jūjutsu, equivalent to soft (see judo) + -jut(u) technique < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese shù
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  • We do not like our jiujitsu to be confounded with it, though Western people sometimes call it by that name.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan Baron Kencho Suyematsu
  • When our jiujitsu is called "wrestling," it hurts our feelings a little.'

    A Fantasy of Far Japan Baron Kencho Suyematsu
  • The writer added that jiujitsu was exactly the same as the English wrestling, with a few different tricks.'

    A Fantasy of Far Japan Baron Kencho Suyematsu
  • He was taking lessons in jiujitsu under a Japanese master when I was at Washington early last year.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan Baron Kencho Suyematsu
  • There are many schools, I mean styles, of jiujitsu, and naturally some are older than others.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan Baron Kencho Suyematsu
  • Hence a great difference in the social position of jiujitsu experts and wrestlers.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan Baron Kencho Suyematsu
  • jiujitsu is not quite three hundred years old, since it has been systematised into an art.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan Baron Kencho Suyematsu
  • This will explain why no Occidental, even a champion wrestler, has ever succeeded in defeating a Japanese jiujitsu man.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan Baron Kencho Suyematsu
British Dictionary definitions for jiujitsu

jiujitsu

/dʒuːˈdʒɪtsuː/
noun
1.
variant spellings of jujitsu

jujitsu

/dʒuːˈdʒɪtsuː/
noun
1.
the traditional Japanese system of unarmed self-defence perfected by the samurai See also judo
Word Origin
C19: from Japanese, from gentleness + jutsu art
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Word Origin and History for jiujitsu

jujitsu

n.

also ju-jitsu, 1875, from Japanese jujutsu, from ju "softness, gentleness" (from Chinese jou "soft, gentle") + jutsu "art, science," from Chinese shu, shut.

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