from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A principal philosophy and system of religion of China based on the teachings of Lao-tzu in the sixth century B.C. and on subsequent revelations. It advocates preserving and restoring the Tao in the body and the cosmos.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a Chinese mystical philosophy traditionally founded by Lao-tzu in the 6th century B.C. that teaches conformity to the tao by unassertive action and simplicity
- n. a religion developed from Taoist philosophy and folk and Buddhist religion and concerned with obtaining long life and good fortune often by magical means
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the popular religions of China, sanctioned by the state.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The doctrine of Laotsze, an ancient Chinese philosopher (about 500 b. c.), as laid down by him in the Tao-teking. It is generally reckoned as one of the three religions of China.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. philosophical system developed by Lao-tzu and Chuang-tzu advocating a simple honest life and noninterference with the course of natural events
- n. a Chinese sect claiming to follow the teaching of Lao-tzu but incorporating pantheism and sorcery in addition to Taoism
- n. religion adhering to the teaching of Lao-tzu
- n. popular Chinese philosophical system based in teachings of Lao-tzu but characterized by a pantheism of many gods and the practices of alchemy and divination and magic
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