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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of Confucius, his teachings, or his followers.
  • n. An adherent of the teachings of Confucius.

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  • adj. of, pertaining to, or conforming to the teachings of Confucius
  • n. One who follows the teachings of Confucius.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of, or relating to, Confucius, the great Chinese philosopher and teacher, or to Confucianism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to Confucius, the celebrated philosopher of China (551-478 b. c.), or to his teachings: as, the Confucian ethics; Confucian literature. See Confucianism.
  • Erected or maintained in honor of Confucius: as, a Confucian temple.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a believer in the teachings of Confucius
  • adj. relating to or characteristic of Confucianism

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  • In South Korea, where the word "Confucian" has long been synonymous with "old-fashioned," people like Mr. Park have recently gained modest ground with their campaign to reawaken interest in Confucian teachings that stress communal harmony, respect for seniority and loyalty to the state - principles that many older Koreans believe have lost their grip on the young.

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  • They were based in Confucian temples (wenmiao or xuegong); they were in charge of state schools and students and promoted local education.

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  • He divided the world into seven basic "civilisations": Latin American, Confucian, Japanese, Hindu,

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  • Slide 59: Confucian values 5 Long-term Confucian values Short-term Confucian values  Persistence and perseverance  Personal steadiness and stability  Ordering relationships by status  Protecting your "face"  Thrift  Respect for tradition, reciprocation of greetings,  Having a sense of shame favour and gifts Source: Based on Hofstede, 1991: 165-6 Management responsable: questions éthiques - Laurent Ledoux - 14 / 04 / 07

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  • The essential building block of the post-Cold War world, he wrote, are seven or eight historical civilizations of which the Western, the Muslim and the Confucian are the most important.

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  • Within what Fingleton labels the Confucian work ethic, this will not happen, as the workers remain compliant to the authorities through many devices of blackmail, bribery, threats, and a system of law that is complex and used mainly for control of the population.

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  • Not surprisingly, this notion has been characterized as the Confucian

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  • “Between heaven and earth, there are three major ways: the Confucian, which is the way of Confucius; the Buddhist, which is the way of Shakyamuni; and the Daoist, which is the way of Laozi.”

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  • Years ago, I read about this philosopher in a book entitled Confucian Philosophy in Korea, in which he was considered a bit of a reformer for being quite open to foreign ideas and technology.

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  • From the standpoint of cruder household superstitions an average Chinese family may be regarded as Taoists; the principles by which its members seek to guide their lives individually and socially may be called Confucian; their attitude of worship and their hopes for the future make them Buddhists.

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