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Eye for an Eye, Tooth for a Tooth in Chinese / Japanese...

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Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth

China yǐ yá huán yá yǐ yǎn huán yǎn
Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth Wall Scroll

Here's the full proverb, with the first and second parts.

However, in Chinese, it's more natural to put the "tooth" part first, so this more accurately reads "Tooth for a tooth, eye for an eye."

If revenge is important to you, I suppose this is the phase you want on your wall.

Tooth for a tooth

China yǐ yá huán yá
Tooth for a tooth Wall Scroll

This phase often goes with "An eye for an eye," even in Chinese. Revenge seems to cross all languages, cultures, and even species (animals are known to take revenge too).

If a Chinese person uses just one part of the full proverb, it will be this "tooth for a tooth" one. Although, we are more likely to say "eye for an eye" alone in English.

Chinese people may also read this with a meaning of "Bite me and I will bite you back." However, it literally means "tooth for a tooth" or "you take my tooth, I take yours."


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin gēn / gen1
Taiwan ken
Japanese nemawari ねまわり
 nemawashi ねまわし
 nene ねね
 nezaki ねざき
 nesaki ねさき
 konzaki こんざき
 kon こん
 kotakane こたかね
Chinese root; basis; classifier for long slender objects, e.g. cigarettes, guitar strings; CL:條|条[tiao2]; radical (chemistry)
Japanese (1) root (of a plant); (2) root (of a tooth, hair, etc.); center (of a pimple, etc.); (3) root root (of all evil, etc.); source; origin; cause; basis; (4) one's true nature; (5) (fishing) reef; (1) stick-to-itiveness; perseverance; persistence; (2) radical (esp. one that tends to ionize easily); (3) (mathematics term) root; (4) (Buddhist term) indriya (faculty of the body having a specific function, i.e. the sensory organs); (personal name) Nemawari; (personal name) Nemawashi; (personal name) Nene; (surname) Nezaki; (surname) Nesaki; (place-name) Ne; (surname) Konzaki; (surname) Kon; (surname) Kotakane
mūla, a root, basis, origin; but when meaning an organ of sense, indriyam, a 'power', 'faculty of sense, sense, organ of sense'. M.W. A root, or source; that which is capable of producing or growing, as the eye is able to produce knowledge, as faith is able to bring forth good works, as human nature is able to produce good or evil karma. v. 五根 and 二十二根; faculties

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虎牙

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Mandarin hǔ yá / hu3 ya2
Taiwan hu ya
Japanese koga こが
Chinese (coll.) eye tooth (maxillary canine tooth)
Japanese (surname) Koga

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以眼還眼,以牙還牙


以眼还眼,以牙还牙

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Mandarin yǐ yǎn huán yǎn , yǐ yá huán yá / yi3 yan3 huan2 yan3 , yi3 ya2 huan2 ya2
Taiwan i yen huan yen , i ya huan ya
Chinese an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth (idiom); fig. to use the enemy's methods against him; to give sb a taste of his own medicine

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目には目を歯には歯を

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Japanese menihameohanihahao めにはめをはにははを
Japanese (expression) an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth

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

Title CharactersVarious forms of Romanized Chinese
Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth 以牙還牙以眼還眼
以牙还牙以眼还眼
yǐ yá huán yá yǐ yǎn huán yǎn
yi3 ya2 huan2 ya2 yi3 yan3 huan2 yan3
yi ya huan ya yi yan huan yan
yiyahuanyayiyanhuanyan
i ya huan ya i yen huan yen
iyahuanyaiyenhuanyen
Tooth for a tooth 以牙還牙
以牙还牙
yǐ yá huán yá
yi3 ya2 huan2 ya2
yi ya huan ya
yiyahuanya
i ya huan ya
iyahuanya
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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