Definitions for taoismˈdaʊ ɪz əm, ˈtaʊ-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Tao•ismˈdaʊ ɪz əm, ˈtaʊ-(n.)
a Chinese philosophic tradition founded by Lao-tzu, advocating a life of simplicity and naturalness and of noninterference with the course of natural events, in order to attain a happy existence in harmony with the Tao.
a pantheistic religion based on this tradition, whose practitioners seek longevity and immortality.
Category: Eastern Religions
Origin of Taoism:
a Chinese sect claiming to follow the teaching of Lao-tzu but incorporating pantheism and sorcery in addition to Taoism
religion adhering to the teaching of Lao-tzu
Taoism, Hsuan Chiao(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
philosophical system developed by Lao-tzu and Chuang-tzu advocating a simple honest life and noninterference with the course of natural events
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
a religion developed from Taoist philosophy and folk and Buddhist religion and concerned with obtaining long life and good fortune often by magical means
one of the popular religions of China, sanctioned by the state
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the religious system of Laotze (q. v.).