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There are 21 total results for your art of war search.

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Characters Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin/ wu3
Taiwan wu
Japanese bu / ぶ
Chinese martial; military; surname Wu
Japanese (1) (archaism) the art of war; martial arts; military arts; (2) military force; the sword; (3) valor; bravery; (4) military officer; military man; (surname) Tokubu; (given name) Takeru; (personal name) Takematsu; (personal name) Taketsugu; (personal name) Takesue; (personal name) Takeji; (given name) Takeshi; (surname) Takezaki; (surname) Takesaki; (surname, female given name) Take; (surname) Takatake; (given name) Takashi; (personal name) U; (given name) Isamu
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

兵法

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Mandarin bīng fǎ / bing1 fa3
Taiwan ping fa
Japanese heihou;hyouhou / heho;hyoho / へいほう;ひょうほう
 Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese art of war; military strategy and tactics
Japanese art of war; strategy; tactics; (surname) Heihou

孫子兵法


孙子兵法

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Mandarin sūn zǐ bīng fǎ / sun1 zi3 bing1 fa3
Taiwan sun tzu ping fa
Chinese “Art of War”, one of the Seven Military Classics of ancient China 武經七書|武经七书[Wu3 jing1 Qi1 shu1], written by Sun Tzu 孫子|孙子[Sun1 zi3]

知彼知己

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Mandarin zhī bǐ zhī jǐ / zhi1 bi3 zhi1 ji3
Taiwan chih pi chih chi
 Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese to know the enemy and know oneself (idiom, from Sunzi's "The Art of War")

兵書


兵书

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Mandarin bīng shū / bing1 shu1
Taiwan ping shu
Japanese heisho / hesho / へいしょ
Chinese a book on the art of war
Japanese book on military science

兵術

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Japanese heijutsu / hejutsu / へいじゅつ Japanese the art of war; strategy; tactics

孫子


孙子

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Mandarin sūn zi // sūn zǐ / sun1 zi5 // sun1 zi3
Taiwan sun tzu // sun
Japanese magoko / まごこ    sonshi / そんし
Chinese grandson; son's son; Sun Tzu, also known as Sun Wu 孫武|孙武[Sun1 Wu3] (c. 500 BC, dates of birth and death uncertain), general, strategist and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn Period (700-475 BC), believed to be the author of the “Art of War” 孫子兵法|孙子兵法[Sun1 zi3 Bing1 fa3], one of the Seven Military Classics of ancient China 武經七書|武经七书[Wu3 jing1 Qi1 shu1]
Japanese children and grandchildren; posterity; descendants; (1) (honorific or respectful language) Sun Tzu (Chinese military strategist, 544?-496 BCE); (2) (See 孫子の兵法) The Art of War (military text by Sun Tzu, 512 BC); (3) Sun Bin Bing Fa (military text by Sun Bin); (surname) Mago; (person) Sun Tzu (544?-496 BCE) (author of "The Art of War")

孫武


孙武

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Mandarin sūn wǔ / sun1 wu3
Taiwan sun wu
Japanese sonbu / そんぶ
Chinese Sun Wu, also known as Sun Tzu 孫子|孙子[Sun1 zi3] (c. 500 BC, dates of birth and death uncertain), general, strategist and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn Period (700-475 BC), believed to be the author of the “Art of War” 孫子兵法|孙子兵法[Sun1 zi3 Bing1 fa3], one of the Seven Military Classics of ancient China 武經七書|武经七书[Wu3 jing1 Qi1 shu1]
Japanese (person) Sun Tzu (Chinese general and strategist, 544-496 BCE)

司馬法


司马法

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Mandarin sī mǎ fǎ / si1 ma3 fa3
Taiwan ssu ma fa
Chinese “Methods of Sima”, also called “Sima Rangju’s Art of War”, one of the Seven Military Classics of ancient China 武經七書|武经七书[Wu3 jing1 Qi1 shu1], written by Sima Rangju 司馬穰苴|司马穰苴[Si1 ma3 Rang2 ju1]

孫武子


孙武子

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Mandarin sūn wǔ zǐ / sun1 wu3 zi3
Taiwan sun wu tzu
Chinese Sun Wu, famous general, strategist and Legalist philosopher, contemporary with Confucius 孔子[Kong3 zi3] (551-479 BC), author of "The Art of War" 孫子兵法|孙子兵法[Sun1 zi3 Bing1 fa3]; also known as Sun Tzu 孫子|孙子[Sun1 zi3]

六韜三略


六韬三略

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Mandarin liù tāo sān lüè / liu4 tao1 san1 lu:e4
Taiwan liu t`ao san lu:e / liu tao san lu:e
Japanese rikutousanryaku / rikutosanryaku / りくとうさんりゃく
Chinese "Six Secret Strategic Teachings" 六韜|六韬[Liu4 tao1] and "Three Strategies of Huang Shigong" 三略[San1 lu:e4], two of the Seven Military Classics of ancient China 武經七書|武经七书[Wu3 jing1 Qi1 shu1], attributed to Jiang Ziya 薑子牙|姜子牙[Jiang1 Zi3 ya2]
Japanese (yoji) two books on the art of war in ancient China; the secrets (essence) of the art of war; secrets of successful life; precepts for living

孫臏兵法


孙膑兵法

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Mandarin sūn bìn bīng fǎ / sun1 bin4 bing1 fa3
Taiwan sun pin ping fa
Chinese Sun Bin's "The Art of War"

武經七書

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Mandarin wǔ jīng qī shū / wu3 jing1 qi1 shu1
Taiwan wu ching ch`i shu / wu ching chi shu
Chinese Seven Military Classics of ancient China viz "Six Secret Strategic Teachings" 六韜|六韬[Liu4 tao1], "Methods of Sima" 司馬法|司马法[Si1 ma3 Fa3], "The Art of War" 孫子兵法|孙子兵法[Sun1 zi3 Bing1 fa3], "Wuzi" 吳子|吴子[Wu2 zi3], "Wei Liaozi" 尉繚子|尉缭子[Wei4 Liao2 zi5], "Three Strategies of Huang Shigong" 黃石公三略|黄石公三略[Huang2 Shi2 gong1 San1 lu:e4] and "Duke Li of Wei Answering Emperor Taizong of Tang" 唐太宗李衛公問對|唐太宗李卫公问对[Tang2 Tai4 zong1 Li3 Wei4 Gong1 Wen4 dui4]

百戰不殆

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Mandarin bǎi zhàn bù dài / bai3 zhan4 bu4 dai4
Taiwan pai chan pu tai
Chinese to come unscathed through a hundred battles (idiom, from Sunzi's "The Art of War" 孫子兵法|孙子兵法[Sun1 zi3 Bing1 fa3]); to win every fight

知己知彼

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Mandarin zhī jǐ zhī bǐ / zhi1 ji3 zhi1 bi3
Taiwan chih chi chih pi
Chinese know yourself, know your enemy (idiom, from Sunzi's "The Art of War" 孫子兵法|孙子兵法[Sun1 zi3 Bing1 fa3])

孫子の兵法

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Japanese sonshinoheihou / sonshinoheho / そんしのへいほう Japanese (See 孫子・そんし) The Art of War (military text by Sun Tzu, 512 BCE)

置之死地而後生

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Mandarin zhì zhī sǐ dì ér hòu shēng / zhi4 zhi1 si3 di4 er2 hou4 sheng1
Taiwan chih chih ssu ti erh hou sheng
Chinese place sb on a field of death and he will fight to live (idiom based on Sunzi's "The Art of War" 孫子兵法|孙子兵法[Sun1 zi3 Bing1 fa3]); to fight desperately when confronting mortal danger; fig. to find a way out of an impasse

出其不意,攻其不備


出其不意,攻其不备

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Mandarin chū qí bù yì , gōng qí bù bèi / chu1 qi2 bu4 yi4 , gong1 qi2 bu4 bei4
Taiwan ch`u ch`i pu i , kung ch`i pu pei / chu chi pu i , kung chi pu pei
Chinese to catch an enemy off guard with a surprise attack (idiom, from Sunzi's "The Art of War" 孫子兵法|孙子兵法[Sun1 zi3 Bing1 fa3])

知己知彼,百戰不殆

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Mandarin zhī jǐ zhī bǐ , bǎi zhàn bù dài / zhi1 ji3 zhi1 bi3 , bai3 zhan4 bu4 dai4
Taiwan chih chi chih pi , pai chan pu tai
Chinese know yourself and know your enemy, and you will never be defeated (idiom, from Sunzi's "The Art of War" 孫子兵法|孙子兵法[Sun1 zi3 Bing1 fa3])

知彼知己,百戰不殆

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Mandarin zhī bǐ zhī jǐ , bǎi zhàn bù dài / zhi1 bi3 zhi1 ji3 , bai3 zhan4 bu4 dai4
Taiwan chih pi chih chi , pai chan pu tai
Chinese knowing the enemy and yourself will get you unscathed through a hundred battles (idiom, from Sunzi's "The Art of War")

彼を知り己を知れば百戦殆からず

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Japanese kareoshirionoreoshirebahyakusenayaukarazu / かれをしりおのれをしればひゃくせんあやうからず Japanese (expression) (proverb) (from Sun Tzu's The Art of War) If you know your enemy and know yourself, in a hundred battles you will never be defeated
This page contains 21 results for "art of war" in Chinese and/or Japanese.



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