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Chastity

China zhēn jié
Japan teisetsu
Chastity

In Chinese, this would be defined as "The state of being sexually pure" or "chaste." Culturally, this especially applies to young women. 貞節 is not actually far off from our western view on this subject. In Japanese and Korean, this could also be used to express virtue, faithfulness and fidelity.


See Also:  Modesty

Personal Integrity

China zhì cāo
Japan shi sou
Personal Integrity

志操 / 誌操 is personal integrity - basically, holding yourself to a higher standard of honesty and reliability. These two characters also contain the ideas of constancy, principles, and faithfulness.

Note: In Japanese, this just means "principle."

Honor and Integrity

China jié cāo
Japan sessou
Honor and Integrity

節操 means honorable, integrity of principle, constancy, honor, and in a certain context, chastity.

Please note that there are a few ways to relay the idea of integrity in Asian languages, and more than one way to define honor in English. 節操 is far from the only way to express "honor and integrity."

Fidelity / Personal Integrity / Honor

China cāo shǒu
Japan soushu
Fidelity / Personal Integrity / Honor

操守 is the Chinese and Japanese Kanji for personal integrity, constancy, fidelity, and honor/honour.

The original meaning of the first character is chastity, fidelity, honor/honour, and/or faith.

The second character means to defend, guard, keep watch, be observant.

So, this is about being observant of, and guarding your integrity and honor.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin rěn / ren3
Taiwan jen
Japanese nin / にん
Fidelity / Personal Integrity / Honor
Chinese to bear; to endure; to tolerate; to restrain oneself
Japanese (archaism) endurance; forbearance; patience; self-restraint; (given name) Nin; (surname, female given name) Shinobu; (place-name) Shinobi; (female given name) Shino; (p,s,g) Oshi; (female given name) Azumi
kṣānti, 羼提 (or 羼底); patience, endurance, (a) in adverse circumstances, (b) in the religious state. There are groups of two, three, four, five, six, ten, and fourteen, indicating various forms of patience, equanimity, repression, forbearance, endurance, constancy, or "perseverance of the saints," both in mundane and spiritual things; to endure

操守

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Mandarin cāo shǒu / cao1 shou3
Taiwan ts`ao shou / tsao shou
Japanese soushu / soshu / そうしゅ
Chinese personal integrity
Japanese constancy; fidelity

節操

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Mandarin jié cāo / jie2 cao1
Taiwan chieh ts`ao / chieh tsao
Japanese sessou / sesso / せっそう
Chinese integrity; moral principle
Japanese (1) constancy; integrity; honor; honour; (2) chastity; fidelity

貞節

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Mandarin zhēn jié / zhen1 jie2
Taiwan chen chieh
Japanese teisetsu / tesetsu / ていせつ
Chinese chastity; virginity (of women); moral integrity (of men); loyalty; constancy
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) chastity; virtue; fidelity

不易

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Mandarin bù yì / bu4 yi4
Taiwan pu i
Japanese fueki / ふえき
Chinese not easy to do something; difficult; unchanging
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) constancy; immutable; (given name) Fueki
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

常住

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Mandarin cháng zhù / chang2 zhu4
Taiwan ch`ang chu / chang chu
Japanese joujuu / joju / じょうじゅう
Chinese long-term resident; permanent residence; eternalism (permanence of soul, Sanskrit śāśvata-vāda)
Japanese (adverb) (1) always; constantly; eternally; (noun/participle) (2) {Buddh} (orig. meaning) (ant: 無常) constancy; eternity; (3) permanent residence; (surname) Tokosumi; (surname) Tokizumi; (surname) Tsunedzumi; (surname) Tsunezumi; (surname) Tsunesumi; (personal name) Joujuu; (surname) Jouou
Permanent, always abiding, eternal; eternally abiding

恒常

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Mandarin héng cháng / heng2 chang2
Taiwan heng ch`ang / heng chang
Japanese koujou / kojo / こうじょう
Japanese constancy
Constant, regular.

恒心

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Japanese koushin / koshin / こうしん Japanese steadiness; constancy; (personal name) Hisami; (female given name) Tsunemi

恒性

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Japanese kousei / kose / こうせい Japanese constancy

松柏

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Mandarin sōng bǎi / song1 bai3
Taiwan sung pai
Japanese shouhaku;matsukae / shohaku;matsukae / しょうはく;まつかえ
Chinese pine and cypress; fig. chaste and undefiled; fig. tomb
Japanese (1) evergreen tree; conifer; coniferous tree; (2) pine and cypress; (3) duty; constancy; faithfulness; (place-name) Matsukaya; (given name) Shouhaku

恒常性

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Japanese koujousei / kojose / こうじょうせい Japanese constancy; homeostasis; homoeostasis

十年一日

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Japanese juunenichijitsu;juunenichinichi / junenichijitsu;junenichinichi / じゅうねんいちじつ;じゅうねんいちにち Japanese (yoji) without intermission for ten (long) years; with constancy of purpose for ten (long) years; in the same old rut for years on end

千年一日

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Japanese sennenichijitsu / せんねんいちじつ Japanese (yoji) without intermission for many years; with constancy of purpose for many years; in the same old rut for years on end

志操堅固

see styles
Japanese shisoukengo / shisokengo / しそうけんご Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (yoji) being faithful to one's principles; being of firm purpose and deep commitment; constancy; true blue

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Chastity貞節
贞节
teisetsuzhēn jié / zhen1 jie2 / zhen jie / zhenjiechen chieh / chenchieh
Personal Integrity志操 / 誌操
志操
shi sou / shisou / shi so / shisozhì cāo / zhi4 cao1 / zhi cao / zhicaochih ts`ao / chihtsao / chih tsao
Honor and Integrity節操
节操
sessou / sesojié cāo / jie2 cao1 / jie cao / jiecaochieh ts`ao / chiehtsao / chieh tsao
Fidelity
Personal Integrity
Honor
操守soushu / soshucāo shǒu / cao1 shou3 / cao shou / caoshouts`ao shou / tsaoshou / tsao shou
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.



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