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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.
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Noun1.Shintoist - a believer in ShintoismShintoist - a believer in Shintoism    
Shinto - the native religion and former ethnic cult of Japan
adherent, disciple - someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another
Adj.1.Shintoist - relating to or characteristic of Shintoism; "Shinto temples"
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[ˈʃɪntəʊɪst] ADJ & Nshintoísta mf
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