Definition of Confucius
1. Noun. 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).
Generic synonyms: Philosopher
Derivative terms: Confucian
Definition of Confucius
1. Proper noun. Western name of Kong Qiu (??), an influential Chinese philosopher who lived 551 (B.C.E.) – 479 (B.C.E.). ¹
2. Proper noun. (context: very rare) ( male given name). ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Lexicographical Neighbors of Confucius
Literary usage of Confucius
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1909)
"Throughout his teaching confucius seldom referred to the great problems of human ... For twenty-three centuries confucius has held sway over the minds of ..."
2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"While travelling about, confucius repeatedly came across recluses,—a class of men who had retired from the world in disgust That there was such a class ..."
3. The Edinburgh Review by Sydney Smith (1869)
"For the present, howler, instead of a critical analysis of the writings of confucius, *e shall be content to indicate, briefly, the names and character of ..."
4. The Chinese Repository edited by Elijah Coleman Bridgman, Samuel Wells Willaims (1842)
"Among the sages confucius is preeminent, and they thus celebrate his praises: IL -f £ Ш -Т -т confucius, confucius, how great is confucius ! ..."
5. The Chinese: A General Description of China and Its Inhabitants by John Francis Davis (1840)
"From his earliest age confucius is said to have been indifferent to the ordinary amusements of youth, and devoted to grave and serious pursuits. ..."
6. China by Robert Kennaway Douglas (1904)
"asked confucius. " Because GRAVE OF confucius. here there is no oppressive ... Turning to his disciples confucius remarked, " My children, remember this, ..."
7. Social life of the Chinese: With Some Account of Their Religious by Justus Doolittle (1866)
"confucius, or God of War —Heaven and Earth.—Processions in honor of Spring and of ... Worship of confucius, illustrating t/ie State Religion: Description of ..."