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  1. Dignity / Honor / Sanctity / Integrity
  2. Respect / Honor / Esteem
  3. Fidelity / Personal Integrity / Honor
  4. Faithful / Honorable...
  5. Glory and Honor
  6. Honor
  7. Love and Honor
  8. Strength and Honor
  9. Honor and Integrity
10. Honor for Ancestors
11. Fidelity Honor Courage
12. Honor Courage
13. Honor Courage Commitment
14. Sense of Shame / Sense of Honor...
15. Having High Principles
16. Loyalty
17. No Surrender
18. Trust / To Have Faith
19. Integrity
20. Sincere / True Sincerity

Dignity / Honor / Sanctity / Integrity

China zūn yán
Japan son gen
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Dignity / <mark>Honor</mark> / Sanctity / Integrity

This form of honor is showing great respect for yourself, other people, and the rules you live by.

When you are honorable, you keep your word. You do the right thing regardless of what others are doing.

This is the kind of personal honor or dignity that is of great value. If you lose this, you have lost yourself and perhaps the reputation of your family as well.

While this is not directly the same thing as "face" or "saving face" in Asian culture, it is associated with the same concept in China.

厳In Japan, they currently use a more simplified second character for this word. The ancient Japanese form is the same as China, but after WWII some Kanji were changed. If you want the modern Japanese version, just click on the Kanji image shown to the right, instead of the button above.

Respect / Honor / Esteem

China zūn jìng
Japan sonkei
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Respect / <mark>Honor</mark> / Esteem

This is how to express the ideas of respect, honor, reverence, esteem, nobility, and sometimes the state of being noble, all in one word. Most of the time this is used in the form of "giving respect", but depending on context, it can suggest that you should try to be "worthy of respect".

Although pronounced differently, the Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja are the same across these languages. This is an indication that this word is very old, and crosses many barriers and cultures in the Orient (East Asia).

Fidelity / Personal Integrity / Honor

China cāo shǒu
Japan soushu
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Fidelity / Personal Integrity / <mark>Honor</mark>

This is the Chinese and Japanese Kanji for personal integrity, constancy, fidelity, and honor.

The original meaning of the first character is chastity, fidelity, honour, honor, 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.

Faithful / Honorable
Trustworthy / Fidelity / Loyalty

China xìn yì
Japan shingi
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Faithful / <mark>Honor</mark>able<br>Trustworthy / Fidelity / Loyalty

This is a word that is often used to describe a person with an honest and loyal reputation. To put it simply, this applies to somebody you can trust (with your life).

In Chinese, this is often defined as good faith, honor, trust and justice.
In Korean, this word means fidelity, truthfulness, or faithfulness.
In Japanese: faith, fidelity and loyalty. It's also a Japanese male given name when pronounced "Nobuyoshi".

Glory and Honor

China róng
Japan ei
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Glory and <mark>Honor</mark>

This character relates to giving someone a tribute or praise. It's a little odd as a gift, so this may not be the best selection for a wall scroll.

I've made this entry just because this character is often misused as "honorable" or "keeping your honor". It's not quite the same meaning, as this usually refers to a tribute or giving an honor to someone.

This is often found in tattoo books incorrectly listed as the western idea of personal honor or being honorable. Check with us before you get a tattoo that does not match the meaning you are really looking for. As a tattoo, this suggests that you either have a lot of pride in yourself or that you have a wish for prosperity for you and/or your family.

栄In modern Japanese Kanji, glory and honor looks like the image to the right.

There is a lot of confusion about this character, so here are some alternate translations for this character: prosperous, flourishing, blooming (like a flower), glorious beauty, proud, praise, rich, or it can be the family name "Rong". The context in which the character is used can change the meaning between these various ideas.

In the old days, this could be an honor paid to someone by the Emperor (basically a designation by the Emperor that a person has high standing).

To sum it up: This character has a positive meaning, however, it's a different flavor than the idea of being honorable and having integrity.


Japanese / Simplified version
China míng yù
Japan meiyo
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This version of honor is about having or earning the respect of others and about your reputation. It is the status of being worthy of honor (not to be confused with doing honorable things or specific actions - see our other "honor" listing for that).

譽Both modern Japanese and modern mainland Chinese use the same simplified version of the second character of honor. You can make special request for the traditional second character as shown to the right (just click on that character to the right of you want to order that version). Before WWII, both Japan and China used the traditional form, but modern Japanese and Chinese use this simplified form. Koreans still use the traditional form when they are not writing in their modern Hangul glyphs.

This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here

Love and Honor

...2 character version
China qíng yì
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Love and <mark>Honor</mark>

This means to love and honor in Chinese. This is more or less the kind of thing you'd find in marriage vows.

The first character suggests emotions, passion, heart, humanity, sympathy, and feelings.

In this context, the second character means to honor your lover's wishes, and treat them justly and righteously (fairly). That second character can also be translated as "obligation", as in the obligation a husband and wife have to love each other even through difficult times.

In the context outside of a couple's relationship, this word can mean "comradeship".

Japanese may see this more as "humanity and justice" than "love and honor". It's probably best if your target is Chinese.

This is the short and sweet form, there is also a longer poetic form (you can find it here: Love and Honor if it's not on the page you are currently viewing).

Love and Honor

...four character version
China shēn qíng hòu yì
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Love and <mark>Honor</mark>

This means to love and honor. This is more or less the kind of thing you'd find in marriage vows.

The first two characters suggest deep love or deep emotions, passion, and feelings.
The last two characters mean generous justice or thick honor (the third character is an adjective that means generous or thick). It just means that you will honor your lover's wishes, and treat them justly and righteously (fairly).

This is the longer four-character version, there is also a short and sweet two character version.

Love and Honor

Japan ai to homa re
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Love and <mark>Honor</mark>

This means to love and honor in Japanese.

The first Kanji is literally "love".
The second character just acts to connect the ideas like "and" or "with".
The last two Kanji mean "honor" or "honour". This is the kind of honor that suggests you are praising or admiring someone.

Love and Honor

Japanese only
Japan ai to keii
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Love and <mark>Honor</mark>

This is a Japanese phrase that means "Love and Honor" or "Love and Respect". There's a few ways to express this idea in Japanese, so you may see other versions used.

Strength and Honor

China lì liàng yǔ róng yù
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Strength and <mark>Honor</mark>

This is, "strength and honor" in Chinese.

The first two characters are usually understood as (physical) strength, but can also mean power or force.

The middle character is a connecting particle like, "and".

The last two characters are a way to say, honor, but can also be understood as honorable reputation, honorary, or glory.

Strength and Honor

Japanese only
Japan chikara to mei yo
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Strength and <mark>Honor</mark>

This is, "strength and honor" in Japanese Kanji (with one Hiragana).

The first Kanji is understood as strength, power, or force.

The second character is a connecting particle like, "and" or "with".

The last two Kanji mean honor, honour, credit, or prestige. This last word is also used in the Bushido code to mean honor.

Honor and Integrity

China jié cāo
Japan sessou
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<mark>Honor</mark> and Integrity

There are a few ways to relay integrity in Asian languages, and more than one way to define honor in English. Here's what this entry means:

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

Honor for Ancestors

China zǔ xiān chóng bài
Japan so sen suu hai
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<mark>Honor</mark> for Ancestors

This means "Appreciation and honor of your ancestors". This can refer to anyone from your grandparents and beyond.

The first two characters mean ancestors or forefathers.

The last two characters mean adore, worship, adoration, or admiration.

This is the kind of wall scroll that a filial son or daughter in China or Japan would hang to honor their ancestors who paved the way for the new generation.

拝Japanese use a slight variation on the last Kanji. If you want this specifically Japanese version, just click on the Kanji image to the right (instead of the button above). Note that Japanese people would easily be able to identify the original Chinese form of that Kanji anyway.

They also have a similar phrase in old Korean, but the first two characters are reversed - just let me know if you want that version when you place your order.

Fidelity Honor Courage

China xìn yì zūn yán yǒng qì
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Fidelity <mark>Honor</mark> Courage

This is a word list that was requested by a customer. Word lists are not that common in Chinese, but we've put this one on the best order/context to make it as natural as possible.

We used the "honor" that leans toward the definition of "dignity" since that seemed like the best match for the other two words.

Please note: These are three two-character words. You should choose the single-column format when you get to the options when you order this selection. The two-column option would split one word or it would be arranged with four characters on one side and two on the other.

Honor Courage

China zūn yán yǒng qì
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<mark>Honor</mark> Courage

This is a word list that means "Honor [and] Courage". Word lists are not that common in Chinese, but we've put this one on the best order/context to make it as natural as possible.

We used the "honor" that leans toward the definition of dignity and integrity since that seemed like the best match for courage.

Honor Courage Commitment

China róng yù yǒng qì zé rèn
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<mark>Honor</mark> Courage Commitment

This is a word list that reads, "榮譽 勇氣 責任" or "honor courage commitment".

If you are looking for this, it is likely that you are in the military (probably Navy or Marines).

We worked on this for a long time to find the right combination of words in Chinese. However, it should still be noted that word lists are not very natural in Chinese. Most of the time, there would be a subject, verb, and object for a phrase with this many words.

Sense of Shame / Sense of Honor
Integrity / Modesty (Korean)

China lián chǐ
Japan ren chi
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Sense of Shame / Sense of <mark>Honor</mark><br>Integrity / Modesty (Korean)

This simultaneously means "sense of honor" and "sense of shame" in Korean.

This term is often used as a tenet of Taekwondo where the English terms "integrity" and/or "modesty" are applied.

This is also a Chinese word, though it is usually read with the "sense of shame" meaning, and is a poor choice for a wall scroll if your audience is Chinese.

Having High Principles

Do not bow down for the sake of five pecks of rice
China bù wèi wǔ dǒu mǐ zhé yāo
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Having High Principles

This Chinese idiom/proverb speaks of being above bribes, and not losing face or honor for a short-term gain. Some may also translate the perceived meaning as, "high-hearted", or "integrity beyond reproach".

The more literal meaning is "Do not bow down for the sake of five pecks of rice".


Japanese Chinese Korean
China zhōng chéng
Japan chuu sei
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Loyalty is staying true to someone. It is standing up for something you believe in without wavering. It is being faithful to your family, country, school, friends or ideals, when the going gets tough as well as when things are good. With loyalty, you build relationships that last forever.

1. This written form of loyalty is universal in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

2. There is also a Japanese version that is part of the Bushido Code which may be more desirable depending on whether your intended audience is Japanese or Chinese.

3. This version of loyalty is sometimes translated as devotion, sincerity, fidelity, or allegiance.

See Also...   Trust | Integrity | Sincerity

No Surrender

Honor Does Not Allow Second Thoughts
China yì wú fǎn gù
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No Surrender

This Chinese proverb can be translated a few different ways. Here are some examples:

Honor does not allow one to glance back.
Duty-bound not to turn back.
No surrender.
To pursue justice with no second thoughts.
Never surrender your principles.

This proverb is really about having the courage to do what is right without questioning your decision to take the right and just course.

Trust / To Have Faith

China xìn lài
Japan shinrai
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Trust / To Have Faith

Trust is having faith in someone or something. It is a positive attitude about life. You are confident that the right thing will happen without trying to control it or make it happen. Even when difficult things happen, trust helps us to find the gift or lesson in it.

This word can also be translated as confidence, reliance, or dependence; thus it can also mean "to rely on" or "to depend on".

頼There is a slight deviation in the Japanese Kanji form of the second character. If you want the modern Japanese version, please click on the special Kanji shown to the right instead of the button above. Note that the traditional Chinese form is still readable and understood by Japanese people.

See Also...  Confidence | Truth


China zhèng zhí
Japan shoujiki
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Integrity is living by your highest values. It is being honest and sincere. Integrity helps you to listen to your conscience, to do the right thing, and to tell the truth. You act with integrity when your words and actions match. Integrity gives you self-respect and a peaceful heart.

Japanese jikiPlease note that the second Kanji sometimes has an alternate form in Japanese. Let us know if you want the alternate form shown to the right.

Note: This entry is cross-listed as "honesty" because it also fits that definition.

Beyond Integrity, this word also means "upright" and "honest" in Chinese. Means "integrity", "honesty" or "frankness" in Japanese.

See Also...   Honesty | Truth | Trust

Sincere / True Sincerity

China zhēn chéng
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Sincere / True Sincerity

This is the true essence of sincerity. It takes strength of personality to be truly sincere without over-doing it. Speaking of strength, this is probably the strongest way to convey the idea of sincerity in the Chinese language without over-doing it.

The first character literally means true, real, and genuine. While the second character means sincere and honest.

See Also...  Love

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The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Dignity / Honor / Sanctity / Integrity尊严 / 尊厳
son gen
zūn yán
zun yan
tsun yen
zun1 yan2
Respect / Honor / Esteem尊敬
sonkeizūn jìng
zun jing
tsun ching
zun1 jing4
Fidelity / Personal Integrity / Honor操守
cāo shǒu
cao shou
ts`ao shou
cao1 shou3
tsao shou
Faithful / Honorable / Trustworthy / Fidelity / Loyalty信义
shingixìn yì
xin yi
hsin i
xin4 yi4
Glory and Honor荣 / 栄
Honor (Japanese / Simplified version)名誉
meiyomíng yù
ming yu
ming yü
ming2 yu4
Love and Honor情义
n/aqíng yì
qing yi
ch`ing i
qing2 yi4
ching i
Love and Honor深情厚义
n/ashēn qíng hòu yì
shen qing hou yi
shen ch`ing hou i
shen1 qing2 hou4 yi4
shen ching hou i
Love and Honor愛と誉れ
ai to homa re
Love and Honor愛と敬意
ai to keii
ai to kei
Strength and Honor力量与荣誉
n/alì liàng yǔ róng yù
li liang yu rong yu
li liang yü jung yü
li4 liang4 yu3 rong2 yu4
Strength and Honor力と名誉
chikara to mei yo
Honor and Integrity节操
jié cāo
jie cao
chieh ts`ao
jie2 cao1
chieh tsao
Honor for Ancestors祖先崇拜 / 祖先崇拝
so sen suu hai
so sen su hai
zǔ xiān chóng bài
zu xian chong bai
tsu hsien ch`ung pai
zu3 xian1 chong2 bai4
tsu hsien chung pai
Fidelity Honor Courage信义尊严勇气
n/axìn yì zūn yán yǒng qì
xin yi zun yan yong qi
hsin i tsun yen yung ch`i
xin4 yi4 zun1 yan2 yong3 qi4
hsin i tsun yen yung chi
Honor Courage尊严勇气
n/azūn yán yǒng qì
zun yan yong qi
tsun yen yung ch`i
zun1 yan2 yong3 qi4
tsun yen yung chi
Honor Courage Commitment荣誉勇气责任
n/aróng yù yǒng qì zé rèn
rong yu yong qi ze ren
jung yü yung ch`i tse jen
rong2 yu4 yong3 qi4 ze2 ren4
jung yü yung chi tse jen
Sense of Shame / Sense of Honor / Integrity / Modesty (Korean)廉耻
ren chi
lián chǐ
lian chi
lien ch`ih
lian2 chi3
lien chih
Having High Principles不为五斗米折腰
n/abù wèi wǔ dǒu mǐ zhé yāo
bu wei wu dou mi zhe yao
pu wei wu tou mi che yao
bu4 wei4 wu3 dou3 mi3 zhe2 yao1
chuu sei
chu sei
zhōng chéng
zhong cheng
chung ch`eng
zhong1 cheng2
chung cheng
No Surrender义无反顾
n/ayì wú fǎn gù
yi wu fan gu
i wu fan ku
yi4 wu2 fan3 gu4
Trust / To Have Faith信赖
shinraixìn lài
xin lai
hsin lai
xin4 lai4
zhèng zhí
zheng zhi
cheng chih
zheng4 zhi2
Sincere / True Sincerity真诚
n/azhēn chéng
zhen cheng
chen ch`eng
zhen1 cheng2
chen cheng

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