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Forgiving in Chinese / Japanese...

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Kindness and Forgiving Nature

China rén shù
Japan jinjo
Kindness and Forgiving Nature

These two characters create a word in Chinese and Japanese that means something like benevolence with magnanimity or kindness with a forgiving nature.

If this describes you, then you are the type of person that I would like to call my friend.

This may not be the most common word in daily use but it's old enough that it transcended cultures from China to Japan in the 5th century when Japan lacked a written language, and absorbed Chinese characters and words into their language.
Note: This is not commonly used in Korean.

Forgiveness

China shù
Forgiveness

恕 means to forgive, show mercy, absolve, or excuse in Chinese and Korean Hanja (though mostly used in compound words in Korean).

恕 incorporates the pictogram of a heart at the bottom, and a woman and a mouth at the top. The heart portion has the most significance, as it is suggested that it is the heart's nature to forgive.
In Asian culture, as with most other cultures, forgiveness is an act of benevolence and altruism. In forgiving, you put yourself in someone else's shoes and show them the kindness that you would want them to show you. Confucius referred to this quality as "human-heartedness."


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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

包荒

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Mandarin bāo huāng / bao1 huang1
Taiwan pao huang
Chinese to be tolerant; to be forgiving; to conceal; to cover

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承知

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Japanese shouchi / shochi しょうち
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) knowledge; awareness; (2) consent; acceptance; assent; admitting; compliance; agreement; acknowledgment; acknowledgement; (3) forgiving; pardoning; excusing

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ちゃら

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Japanese chara ちゃら
Japanese (colloquialism) forgiving a debt; getting even

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チャラ

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Japanese chara チャラ
Japanese (colloquialism) forgiving a debt; getting even

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大度包容

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Mandarin dà dù bāo róng / da4 du4 bao1 rong2
Taiwan ta tu pao jung
Chinese extreme tolerance; generous and forgiving

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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
Kindness and Forgiving Nature 仁恕jinjorén shù / ren2 shu4 / ren shu / renshu jen shu / jenshu
Forgiveness shù / shu4 / shu

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