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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.


(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


(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.


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.
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"


[ˈʃɪntəʊ] Nshinto m


[ˈʃɪntəʊ] nshintoïsme m


nSchintoismus m
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