Shinto meaning

shĭn'tō
A religion native to Japan, characterized by veneration of nature spirits and ancestors and by a lack of formal dogma.
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A principal religion of Japan, with emphasis upon the worship of nature and of ancestors and ancient heroes and upon the divinity of the emperor: prior to 1945, the state religion.
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Formerly the state religion of Japan, a type of animism involving the worship of ancestors and nature spirits.
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Origin of shinto

  • Japanese shintō shin god (from Middle Chinese sfiin) (also the source of Mandarin shén spirit, god) tō, dō art, way aikido
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Japanese 神道 (しんとう Shintō), from Middle Chinese 神道 (ʒin-dáu "ways of the gods"), ultimately from Old Chinese 神道 (Cə-lin kə-lˤuʔ "ways [doings] of Heaven [in matters of fortune or fate]").
    From Wiktionary