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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 adj.
Shin′to·ism n.
Shin′to·ist adj. & n.
Shin′to·is′tic adj.
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(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]
ˈShintoism n
ˈShintoist n, adj
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(ˈʃɪn toʊ)

1. Also, Shin′to•ism. the native religion of Japan, primarily a system of nature and ancestor worship.
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.
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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shinto - the native religion and former ethnic cult of JapanShinto - 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"
Kokka, Kokka Shinto - the branch of Shinto recognized as the official state religion of Japan
Shua, Shuha Shinto - any branch of Shinto other than Kokka
Shintoist - a believer in Shintoism
2.shinto - the ancient indigenous religion of Japan lacking formal dogmaShinto - the ancient indigenous religion of Japan lacking formal dogma; characterized by a veneration of nature spirits and of ancestors
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
Adj.1.Shinto - relating to or characteristic of Shintoism; "Shinto temples"
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[ˈʃɪntəʊ] Nshinto m
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[ˈʃɪntəʊ] nshintoïsme m
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nSchintoismus m
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On July 1, 2018, Lynne Shinto, ND, MPH, was promoted to full professor in the departments of neurology and of OB/Gyn at Oregon Health & Science University's School of Medicine.
Shimane does not lack in other aesthetic spots: we also visited Matsue-jo Castle (where we encountered the aforementioned samurai-for-hire) and Izumo-Taisha Shinto Shrine, said to be the ancient "meeting place" of the Shinto gods.
Sumo dates back some 2,000 years according to historians and retains many Shinto religious overtones.
"Sumo dates back some 2,000 years according to historians and retains many Shinto religious overtones.Its dirt rings, known as "dohyo", are viewed as sacred in the Japanese Shinto faith and women considered to be ritually unclean are not allowed to enter for fear of desecrating the hallowed soil.
To do her makeup, we tapped the renowned Japanese makeup artist Kodo Nishimura, a Shinto priest-yes, you read right.
A Shinto priestess was killed on the grounds of a famous Tokyo shrine by a man wielding a traditional Japanese sword who then killed another woman before committing suicide, police said on Friday, in what local media described as an apparent family feud.
Shinto, Nature and Ideology in Contemporary Japan: Making Sacred Forests
Players can now outfit their favorite female characters in the fighting video game with the Shinto shrine maiden costumes that Team Ninja prepared&nbsp;for the month of April.
The grammar of religion attempted to remodel Japanese spirituality in the image of the West, introducing legal distinctions between public and private (or ritual observance and doctrinal belief), priests and educators, and Shinto and Buddhism (which were historically intertwined).
However, keeping him as the head of the Japanese government reinforces or perpetuates the Japanese general orientation of Shinto, summarized by Inazo Nitobe, for many years a Japanese representative on the League of Nations secretariat at Geneva, in his volume on Japan written in 1931: 'Shinto is a sentiment without philosophy or theology.