Definitions of Taoism
  1. noun
    philosophical system developed by Lao-tzu and Chuang-tzu advocating a simple honest life and noninterference with the course of natural events
    synonyms: Daoism
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    type of:
    philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory
    a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy
  2. noun
    religion adhering to the teaching of Lao-tzu
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    type of:
    faith, organized religion, religion
    an institution to express belief in a divine power
  3. noun
    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
    synonyms: Hsuan Chiao
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    type of:
    faith, religion, religious belief
    a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny
  4. noun
    a Chinese sect claiming to follow the teaching of Lao-tzu but incorporating pantheism and sorcery in addition to Taoism
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    type of:
    religious order, religious sect, sect
    a subdivision of a larger religious group
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