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Bushido Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    Bushido n : traditional code of the Japanese samurai which stressed courage and loyalty and self-discipline and simple living
Bushido Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Bushido \Bu"shi`do`\ (b[=oo]"sh[=e]`d[=o]`), n. [Jap. bu military + shi knight + d[=o] way, doctrine, principle.] The unwritten code of moral principles regulating the actions of the Japanese knighthood, or Samurai; the chivalry of Japan. Unformulated, Bushido was and still is the animating spirit, the motor force of our country. --Inazo Nitob['e].
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Bushidō (武士道?), meaning "Way of the Warrior", is a name in common usage since the late 19th century which is used to describe a uniquely Japanese code of conduct adhered to by samurai since time immemorial, and loosely analogous to Western concepts of chivalry. This code is said to have emphasized virtues such as loyalty, honor, obedience, duty, filial piety, and self-sacrifice.

Although Chinese-derived Confucian concepts such as loyalty and filial piety were certainly extolled in Japanese texts from the medieval period, the actual term bushidō is extremely rare in ancient texts, and does not even appear in famous texts supposedly describing this code, such as the Hagakure of Yamamoto Tsunetomo. Moreover, although at various points in Japanese history certain feudal lords promulgated prescriptive "House Codes" to guide the actions of their retainers, there never existed a single, unified "samurai code" which all Japanese warriors adhered to or were even aware of.

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  • Free self-defence classes for women over 16
    Westminster Lodge is offering the classes to woman aged 16 and over thanks to a partnership between Everyone Active and Bushido Martial Arts Association. Read more on this news related to 'Bushido'
  • Hector Lombard interested in going back to middleweight to 'beat up' Gegard Mousasi
    While Hector Lombard still wants to fight Tyron Woodley, he has recently come to terms with the idea that the fight just might not happen any time soon. Lombard told MMAFighting.com on Tuesday that he was interested in moving back up to middleweight to fight Gegard Mousasi. Mousasi defeated Lombard via unanimous decision at PRIDE Bushido 13 in Dec. 2006. Read more on this news related to 'Bushido'

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