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Confucian +‎ -ism


Confucianism (countable and uncountable, plural Confucianisms)

  1. The philosophy and teaching of Confucius, which emphasizes self-cultivation, collective harmony, righteousness and the family structure.
    • 1981 September 27, “Humanism is still alive and well”, in Free China Weekly[1], volume XXII, number 38, Taipei, page 2:
      A third important part of Confucianism is the concept of chun tzu or "ideal gentlemanly behavior." Confucius believed that the ideal man "is kind and upholds moral principles. He is a man who loves learning, who is calm and perfectly at ease and constantly careful of his own conduct, believing that by example he has great influence over society."
  2. The school of thought and philosophy centered on Confucian principles, originating in China, including later teachings of scholars such as Zhu Xi (Chu Hsi).
  3. A saying, epithet or idea attributed to Confucius.


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