Definition of Tao-te-Ching in English:


(also Daodejing)

Pronunciation /ˈdou də ˈjiNG/ /ˈdaʊ də ˈdʒɪŋ/


  • 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.

    ‘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’.