Definitions

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

  • n. A Buddhist monk, especially of China, Japan, or nearby countries.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Buddhist priest in Japan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Buddhist or Fohist priest, monk, or nun.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Buddhist monk, especially of China and Japan.

Etymologies

French, from Portuguese bonzo, from Japanese bonsō : bon, ordinary (from Middle Chinese buan, fhan) + , monk (from Middle Chinese səng, from Sanskrit saṃghaḥ, collection, brotherhood of monks, from saṃhanti, saṃgha-, to put together : sam, together.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French bonze, from Portuguese bonzo, from Japanese 凡僧 (bonzō), from  (bon, "ordinary") +  (sō, "monk"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Cyclopædia.] [Footnote 47: The word bonze (Japanese _bon-so_ or _bozu_, Chinese

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  • Part of the horror of such memorable coups of contemporary photojournalism as the pictures of a Vietnamese bonze reaching for the gasoline can, of a Bengali guerrilla in the act of bayoneting a trussed-up collaborator, comes from the awareness of how plausible it has become, in situations where the photographer has the choice between a photograph and a life, to choose the photograph.

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  • *Quickly scoop up teh bwaynze, washify them in sparlking San Pellegrino water, pack back into head bonze.

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  • A bonze asserts that Fo is a God, that he was foretold by fakirs, that he was born of a white elephant, and that every bonze can by certain grimaces make a Fo.

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  • “My son,” the bonze answers, “give me twenty rupees and God will give you grace to believe all that you now do not believe.”

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  • But if the bonze requires him to believe what is contradictory or impossible, as that two and two make five, or that the same body may be in a thousand different places, or that to be and not to be are precisely one and the same thing; in that case, if the Indian says he has faith he lies, and if he swears that he believes he commits perjury.

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  • The Indian may swear to the bonze that he believes without taking a false oath, for, after all, there is no demonstration that Vishnu has not actually made five hundred visits to India.

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  • He says, therefore, to the bonze: “My reverend father, I cannot declare that I believe in these absurdities, even though they should be worth to you an income of ten thousand rupees instead of five hundred.”

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  • The Turkish dervish, the Persian brahmin, the Chinese bonze, and the Indian talapoin, all worship the Deity in a different manner; but they enjoy a tranquillity of soul amidst the darkness in which they are plunged; and he who would endeavor to enlighten them, does them but ill service.

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