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A religion native to Japan, characterized by veneration of nature spirits and ancestors and by a lack of formal dogma.
[Japanese shintō : shin, god (from Middle Chinese sɦin; also the source of Mandarin shén, spirit, god) + tō, dō, art, way; see aikido.]
Shin′to·ist adj. & n.
(Other Non-Christian Religions) the indigenous religion of Japan, polytheistic in character and incorporating the worship of a number of ethnic divinities, from the chief of which the emperor is believed to be descended
[C18: from Japanese: the way of the gods, from Chinese shên gods + tao way]
ˈShintoist n, adj
1. Also, Shin′to•ism. the native religion of Japan, primarily a system of nature and ancestor worship.adj.
2. Also, Shin`to•is′tic. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Shinto.
[< Japanese shintō, earlier shintau « Chinese shéndào way of the gods]
Shin′to•ist, n., adj.
Literally means the “way of kami,” the “way of the gods,” or “way of higher forces.” The word was used in the 6th century to distinguish traditional religions from Buddhism.
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|Noun||1.||Shinto - the native religion and former ethnic cult of Japan|
organized religion, religion, faith - an institution to express belief in a divine power; "he was raised in the Baptist religion"; "a member of his own faith contradicted him"
Shintoist - a believer in Shintoism
|2.||Shinto - the ancient indigenous religion of Japan lacking formal dogma; characterized by a veneration of nature spirits and of ancestors|
|Adj.||1.||Shinto - relating to or characteristic of Shintoism; "Shinto temples"|