Confucianism

Etymology of "Confucianism"

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Definition: Etymology of "Confucianism"
Teachings of Confucius, the Latinized form of K'ung-fu-tzu.

"Confucius," the common name of Confucianism's founder, is a Latinized form of the Chinese K'ung-fu-tzu, "Master K'ung." The terms "Confucianism" and "Confucian" are not meaningful terms in Chinese. They are Western terms, coined in Europe as recently as the 18th century.

Sources

  1. Weiming, Tu. “Confucianism.” Encyclopaedia Britannica Online.
  2. “Confucian State Cult.” Hinnells, John R. (ed.), Penguin Dictionary of Religions (London: Penguin Books).
  3. Confucius.” Encyclopaedia Britannica Online.
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Title Etymology of "Confucianism"
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Last UpdatedJanuary 31, 2021
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MLA Citation “Etymology of "Confucianism".” ReligionFacts.com. 31 Jan. 2021. Web. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021. <religionfacts.com/confucianism/etymology>