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

  • Confucius Originally Kong Fuzi. c. 551-479 B.C. Chinese philosopher whose Analects contain a collection of his sayings and dialogues compiled by disciples after his death.

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  • proper n. Western name of Kong Qiu (孔丘), an influential Chinese philosopher who lived 551 BCE – 479 BCE.
  • proper n. A male given name.

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  • n. a Chinese philosopher (circa 551-478 BC), the founder of Confucianism.

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  • n. Chinese philosopher whose ideas and sayings were collected after his death and became the basis of a philosophical doctrine known a Confucianism (circa 551-478 BC)


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From Latin Confucius, from the pinyin romanisation of Sinitic 孔夫子 (Kǒng Fūzǐ) "Master Kong".


  • -- Some scholars (G. Haloun) tend to interpret attacks such as the one of 660 B.C. as attacks from outside the borders of China.p. 41: For Confucius see H.G. Creel, _Confucius_, New York 1949.

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  • Confutzee (whom we call Confucius), and this disciple was named

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  • Confucius 'analysis of the lack of connection between actualities and their names and the need to correct such circumstances is usually referred to as Confucius' theory of zhengming.


  • You know, there is an expression of Confucius: ‘Jiang-xin-bi-xin—Imagine my heart was yours’!

    Wild Swans

  • It is hardly necessary that I should say here, that the name Confucius is merely the Chinese characters 孔夫子 (K'ung Fu-tsze, 'The master K'ung') Latinized.

    The Chinese Classics: with a translation, critical and exegetical notes, prolegomena and copious indexes (Shih ching. English) — Volume 1

  • The name Confucius is simply a Latin translation of his real name.

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  • This change in the use of the term by Confucius from nobility by birth to nobility by character created a goal that could now be pursued by any person.

    Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.: 'Tis The Season -- With Confucius

  • Although the students are doing their work at a state school on Florida's Gulf Coast, the center they are studying in is part of a global outreach by the government of China called the Confucius Institute.

    International News

  • A World News article on Friday incorrectly said Mr. Liu's prize would be called the Confucius World Peace Prize and be offered next year.

    Corrections & Amplifications

  • Several schools in Greater New York are part of a new grant program called the Confucius Classroom, sponsored by the Chinese government through the New York-based Asia Society, which selects programs that could serve as models for Chinese-language instruction.

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