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  1. Benin

  2. Jeanine

  3. Jeannine

  4. Manning

  5. Peaceful / Tranquil / Calm...

  6. Tranquil / Tranquility / Serenity

  7. Henning

  8. Death Before Dishonor

  9. Death Before Surrender

10. Tranquility Yields Transcendence

11. Achieve Inner Peace; Find Deep Understanding

12. Peace of Mind

13. Death Before Dishonor

14. A Life of Serenity Yields Understanding


Benin

China bèi níng
Benin Vertical Wall Scroll

貝寧 is the Chinese name for the country of Benin


See Also:  Africa

Jeanine

China jié níng
Jeanine Vertical Wall Scroll

杰寧 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Jeanine

Jeannine

China jié níng
Jeannine Vertical Wall Scroll

杰寧 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Jeannine

Manning

China màn níng
Manning Vertical Wall Scroll

曼寧 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Manning.

Peaceful / Tranquil / Calm
Free From Worry

China ān níng
Japan an nei
Peaceful / Tranquil / Calm / Free From Worry Vertical Wall Scroll

安寧 is a nice word that means peaceful, tranquil, calm, composed, "free from worry," "public peace," tranquility, good health, well-being, or welfare in Chinese and Korean.

Note: The definition in Japanese is not so broad but still means peaceful or "public peace."

Tranquil / Tranquility / Serenity

China níng jìng
Tranquil / Tranquility / Serenity Vertical Wall Scroll

寧靜 expresses the idea of tranquility and serenity in Chinese.


See Also:  Peace | Inner Peace | Harmony | Calm

Henning

China hēng níng
Henning Vertical Wall Scroll

亨寧 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Henning.

Death Before Dishonor

Better to be broken jade than unbroken pottery
China níng wéi yù suì
Death Before Dishonor Vertical Wall Scroll

寧為玉碎 is the short version of a longer Chinese proverb which means, "rather be shattered piece of jade than an unbroken piece of pottery." The characters shown above just say the "rather be a broken piece of jade" part (the second half is implied - everyone in China knows this idiom).

A little more explanation:
Death is implied with the "broken" meaning. Jade is one of the most precious materials in Chinese history, and in this case is compared with one's honor and self-worth. Pottery is just something you eat off of, it has no deep value, just as a person who has lost their honor, or had none to begin with.
Thus, this means, "better to die with honor than to live in shame" or words to that effect.

寧為玉碎 is often translated in English as "Death Before Dishonor," the famous military slogan.

I would also compare this to the English proverb, "Better to die on your feet than live on your knees."

Death Before Surrender

Rather die than compromise
China níng sǐ bù qū
Death Before Surrender Vertical Wall Scroll

寧死不屈 is often translated as "Death Before Dishonor."

The literal translation is more like, "Better die than compromise." The last two characters mean "not to bend" or "not to bow down." Some might even say that it means "not to surrender." Thus, you could say this proverb means, "Better to die than live on my knees" or simply "no surrender" (with the real idea being that you would rather die than surrender).

Tranquility Yields Transcendence

China níng jìng zhì yuǎn
Tranquility Yields Transcendence Vertical Wall Scroll

寧靜致遠 is an ancient Chinese idiom which means "tranquility yields transcendence."

This suggests pursuing a quiet life of profound study.

The first two characters mean tranquility. The last two characters mean "go far" which suggests achieving much in your life or expanding beyond normal limits. The direct translation would read something like, "[With] tranquility [in your life, you'll] go far."

Compare this to the English idiom: Still waters run deep.

Achieve Inner Peace; Find Deep Understanding

China níng jìng ér zhì yuǎn
Achieve Inner Peace; Find Deep Understanding Vertical Wall Scroll

Zhuge Liang

诸葛亮 Zhuge Liang

寧靜而致遠 is five characters from a longer ten-character proverb composed by Zhuge Liang about 1800 years ago.

The proverb means, "Your inner peace / tranquility / serenity will help you see or reach far (into the world)."

The last word means "far" but the deeper meaning is that you will surpass what you can currently see or understand. Perhaps even the idea of opening up vast knowledge and understanding of complex ideas.

Peace of Mind

(five character version)
China nèi xīn de níng jìng
Peace of Mind Vertical Wall Scroll

內心的寧靜 is the longer way to express the idea of "peace of mind" in Chinese.

The first two characters mean heart or "innermost being."
The middle character is a connecting modifier.
The last two characters mean peace, tranquility, or serenity.

Some may also translate this as "inner peace" but I like our other inner-peace options for that idea.

This kind of makes sense in Korean but will have an archaic read - even by those who can understand Korean Hanja.

Death Before Dishonor

Better to be broken jade than unbroken pottery
China níng wéi yù suì bú wéi wǎ quán
Death Before Dishonor Vertical Wall Scroll

This is the long version of a Chinese proverb which means, "rather be shattered piece of jade than an unbroken piece of pottery."

A little more explanation:
Death is implied with the "broken" meaning. Jade is one of the most precious materials in Chinese history, and in this case is compared with one's honor and self-worth. Pottery is just something you eat off of, it has no deep value, just as a person who has lost their honor, or had none to begin with.
Thus, this means, "better to die with honor than to live in shame" or words to that effect.

This is often translated in English as "Death Before Dishonor," the famous military slogan.

I would also compare this to the English proverb, "Better to die on your feet than live on your knees."


This is an idiom. It therefore doesn't directly say exactly what it means. If you think about the English idiom, "The grass is always greener," it does not directly say "jealousy" or "envy" but everyone knows that it is implied.

A Life of Serenity Yields Understanding

China dàn bó yǐ míng zhì, níng jìng ér zhì yuǎn
A Life of Serenity Yields Understanding Vertical Wall Scroll

This is a kind of complex ten-character proverb composed by Zhuge Liang about 1800 years ago.

This Chinese proverb means "Leading a simple life will yield a clear mind, and having inner peace will help you see far (into the world)."

What I have translated as "simple life" means NOT being materialistic and NOT competing in the rat race.

The last word means "far" but the deeper meaning is that you will surpass what you can currently see or understand. Perhaps even the idea of opening up vast knowledge and understanding of complex ideas.

The whole phrase has a theme that suggests if you are NOT an aggressive cut-throat person who fights his way to the top no matter how many people he crushes on the way, and instead seek inner peace, you will have a happier existence and be more likely to understand the meaning of life.


See Also:  Serenity

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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your ning2 search...

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

列寧


列宁

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Mandarin liè níng / lie4 ning2
Taiwan lieh ning
Japanese reenin / れえにん
Chinese Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian revolutionary leader
Japanese Lenin

安寧


安宁

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Mandarin ān níng / an1 ning2
Taiwan an ning
Japanese annei / anne / あんねい
Chinese peaceful; tranquil; calm; composed; free from worry; Anning District of Lanzhou City 蘭州市|兰州市[Lan2 zhou1 Shi4], Gansu; Anning City, to the west of Kunming 昆明[Kun1 ming2], Yunnan
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) peace (esp. public peace); (surname) Annei; (female given name) Anna; (female given name) Anii

寧靜


宁静

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Mandarin níng jìng / ning2 jing4
Taiwan ning ching
Chinese tranquil; tranquility; serenity

貝寧


贝宁

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Mandarin bèi níng / bei4 ning2
Taiwan pei ning
Chinese Benin

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Mandarin níng / ning2
Taiwan ning
Chinese weak; wearied; in distress

see styles
Mandarin níng / ning2
Taiwan ning
Japanese shikori / しこり    kori / こり
Chinese to congeal; to concentrate attention; to stare
Japanese (1) muscle stiffness (esp. in shoulders); (2) (med) (kana only) lump (in tissue, esp. breast); swelling; hardening; lesion; (3) (kana only) lingering discomfort; uneasiness; bad aftertaste; unpleasant feeling; muscle stiffness (esp. in shoulders); (personal name) Tomoda; (personal name) Gyou
To congeal, consolidate, form.


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Mandarin níng / ning2
Taiwan ning
Chinese to enjoin

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Mandarin níng / ning2
Taiwan ning
Chinese old variant of 甯|宁[ning2]


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Mandarin níng / ning2
Taiwan ning
Japanese mushiro / むしろ
Chinese abbr. for Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region 寧夏回族自治區|宁夏回族自治区[Ning2 xia4 Hui2 zu2 Zi4 zhi4 qu1]; abbr. for Nanjing 南京[Nan2 jing1]; surname Ning
Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) (adverb) (kana only) rather; better; instead; (given name) Yasushi; (female given name) Yasu; (personal name) Nene; (female given name) Nei; (female given name) Shidzuka; (female given name) Shizu; (female given name) Idzumi
Repose; settle; better than; rather; how?; to stop


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Mandarin nìng // nǐng // níng / ning4 // ning3 // ning2
Taiwan ning
Chinese stubborn; mistake; to twist; to pinch; wring


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Mandarin níng / ning2
Taiwan ning
Chinese lemon


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Mandarin níng / ning2
Taiwan ning
Chinese fierce-looking


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Mandarin níng / ning2
Taiwan ning
Chinese variant of 寧|宁[ning2]


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Mandarin níng / ning2
Taiwan ning
Chinese see 耵聹|耵聍, earwax; cerumen

一寧


一宁

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Mandarinníng / yi1 ning2
Taiwan i ning
Japanese ichinei / ichine / いちねい
Japanese (personal name) Ichinei
Yining, a monk who went to Japan in 1299; v. 一山.

丁寧


丁宁

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Mandarin dīng níng / ding1 ning2
Taiwan ting ning
Japanese teinei / tene / ていねい
Chinese variant of 叮嚀|叮咛[ding1 ning2]
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (1) polite; courteous; civil; (2) careful; close; thorough; conscientious

中寧


中宁

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Mandarin zhōng níng / zhong1 ning2
Taiwan chung ning
Chinese Zhongning county in Zhongwei 中衛|中卫[Zhong1 wei4], Ningxia

丹寧


丹宁

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Mandarin dān níng / dan1 ning2
Taiwan tan ning
Chinese (loanword) denim; tannin

伊寧


伊宁

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Mandarinníng / yi1 ning2
Taiwan i ning
Japanese koreyasu / これやす    inei / ine / いねい
Chinese Yining city and county or Ghulja nahiyisi in Ili Kazakh autonomous prefecture 伊犁哈薩克自治州|伊犁哈萨克自治州[Yi1 li2 Ha1 sa4 ke4 zi4 zhi4 zhou1], Xinjiang
Japanese (personal name) Koreyasu; (place-name) Inei

休寧


休宁

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Mandarin xiū níng / xiu1 ning2
Taiwan hsiu ning
Chinese Xiuning county in Huangshan 黃山|黄山[Huang2 shan1], Anhui

冕寧


冕宁

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Mandarin miǎn níng / mian3 ning2
Taiwan mien ning
Chinese Mianning county in Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture 涼山彞族自治州|凉山彝族自治州[Liang2 shan1 Yi2 zu2 zi4 zhi4 zhou1], south Sichuan

凝住

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Mandarin níng zhù / ning2 zhu4
Taiwan ning chu
Japanese gyōjū
firmly abide

凝冰

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Mandarin níng bīng / ning2 bing1
Taiwan ning ping
Chinese to freeze

凝厚

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Mandarin níng hòu / ning2 hou4
Taiwan ning hou
Japanese gyōkō
solid mass

凝固

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Mandarin níng/ ning2 gu4
Taiwan ning ku
Japanese gyouko / gyoko / ぎょうこ
Chinese to freeze; to solidify; to congeal; fig. with rapt attention
Japanese (noun/participle) coagulation; freezing; solidification

凝塊


凝块

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Mandarin níng kuài / ning2 kuai4
Taiwan ning k`uai / ning kuai
Japanese gyoukai / gyokai / ぎょうかい
Chinese clot; blood clot
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) clot

凝望

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Mandarin níng wàng / ning2 wang4
Taiwan ning wang
Japanese gyoubou / gyobo / ぎょうぼう
Chinese to gaze at; to stare fixedly at
Japanese (noun/participle) looking intently

凝液

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Mandarin níng/ ning2 ye4
Taiwan ning yeh
Chinese condensate

凝滑

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Mandarin níng huá / ning2 hua2
Taiwan ning hua
Japanese gyōkatsu
initial stage of the fetus; embryo

凝滯


凝滞

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Mandarin níng zhì / ning2 zhi4
Taiwan ning chih
Chinese to stagnate; to congeal; (fig.) to stop still; to freeze
Japanese See: 凝滞

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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
Benin貝寧
贝宁
bèi níng / bei4 ning2 / bei ning / beiningpei ning / peining
Jeanine杰寧
杰宁
jié níng / jie2 ning2 / jie ning / jieningchieh ning / chiehning
Jeannine杰寧
杰宁
jié níng / jie2 ning2 / jie ning / jieningchieh ning / chiehning
Manning曼寧
曼宁
màn níng / man4 ning2 / man ning / manning
Peaceful
Tranquil
Calm
Free From Worry
安寧
安宁
an nei / anneiān níng / an1 ning2 / an ning / anning
Tranquil
Tranquility
Serenity
寧靜
宁静
níng jìng
ning2 jing4
ning jing
ningjing
ning ching
ningching
Henning亨寧
亨宁
hēng níng
heng1 ning2
heng ning
hengning
Death Before Dishonor寧為玉碎
宁为玉碎
níng wéi yù suì
ning2 wei2 yu4 sui4
ning wei yu sui
ningweiyusui
ning wei yü sui
ningweiyüsui
Death Before Surrender寧死不屈
宁死不屈
níng sǐ bù qū
ning2 si3 bu4 qu1
ning si bu qu
ningsibuqu
ning ssu pu ch`ü
ningssupuchü
ning ssu pu chü
Tranquility Yields Transcendence寧靜致遠
宁静致远
níng jìng zhì yuǎn
ning2 jing4 zhi4 yuan3
ning jing zhi yuan
ningjingzhiyuan
ning ching chih yüan
ningchingchihyüan
Achieve Inner Peace; Find Deep Understanding寧靜而致遠
宁静而致远
níng jìng ér zhì yuǎn
ning2 jing4 er2 zhi4 yuan3
ning jing er zhi yuan
ningjingerzhiyuan
ning ching erh chih yüan
ningchingerhchihyüan
Peace of Mind內心的寧靜
内心的宁静
nèi xīn de níng jìng
nei4 xin1 de ning2 jing4
nei xin de ning jing
neixindeningjing
nei hsin te ning ching
neihsinteningching
Death Before Dishonor寧為玉碎不為瓦全
宁为玉碎不为瓦全
níng wéi yù suì bú wéi wǎ quán
ning2 wei2 yu4 sui4 bu2 wei2 wa3 quan2
ning wei yu sui bu wei wa quan
ningweiyusuibuweiwaquan
ning wei yü sui pu wei wa ch`üan
ning wei yü sui pu wei wa chüan
A Life of Serenity Yields Understanding淡泊以明志寧靜而致遠
淡泊以明志宁静而致远
dàn bó yǐ míng zhì, níng jìng ér zhì yuǎn
dan4 bo2 yi3 ming2 zhi4, ning2 jing4 er2 zhi4 yuan3
dan bo yi ming zhi, ning jing er zhi yuan
tan po i ming chih, ning ching erh chih yüan
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
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