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.

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


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