Definition of Tao-te-Ching in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌtaʊtiːˈtʃɪŋ/
(also Daodejing)


The central Taoist text, ascribed to Lao-tzu, the traditional founder of Taoism. Apparently written as a guide for rulers, it defined the Tao, or way, and established the philosophical basis of Taoism.
Example sentences
  • The classic Tao-te-Ching or ' Book of the Way and its Virtue ', attributed to Lao-tzu, sets out the principles for leading this higher life.
  • T'ai chi ch'uan incorporates the Taoist principles expressed in the Tao-te Ching.


Chinese, literally 'the Book of the Way and its Power'.

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