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Sacrifice

China xī shēng
Japan gi sei
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<mark>Sacrifice</mark>

This means sacrifice in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

There is a suggestion in this word that this regards sacrificing your life.

Note: Depending on context, this can also mean victim or scapegoat in Japanese.

In original and ancient Chinese, this word referred to sacrificial animals. It can still have this meaning in Buddhist context.


犠The version of the first character used in modern Japan looks like the image to the right. If you order this from the Japanese master calligrapher, it will be written in this Japanese version.

Sacrifice / Devotion / Dedication

(complete bodily devotion)
China xiàn shēn
Japan ken shin
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<mark>Sacrifice</mark> / Devotion / Dedication

This word is used to describe being so devoted to something that you will make sacrifices for that goal/thing/person. You can also translate this word as any of the following:
Give one's life for...
Sacrifice one's life for...
To dedicate oneself to...
Self-devotion
Dedication
Commit ones energy to...
Devote to...
Self-sacrifice
Giving your whole body to...

This can be a dedication to or for someone, but more often is used in reference to a dedication or making sacrifices for your country, public service, or a cause. For instance, an Olympic athlete makes great sacrifices to train in his/her sport for their country and compatriots.


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While the form shown to the upper-left is considered an ancient Japanese version, in modern Japan, they use the simplified version of the first Kanji (shown to the right). Click on the Kanji at the right instead of the button above if you want this modern Japanese version.

If you are looking for a more religious meaning of devotion, see Faith.


See Also...  Confidence | Dedication

Better to sacrifice your life than your principles

China shě shēng qǔ yì
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Better to <mark>sacrifice</mark> your life than your principles

This is a Chinese proverb that comes from the philosopher Mencius.

It can be translated a few different ways:
To give up life for righteousness.
To choose honor over life
Better to sacrifice one's life than one's principles.


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Characters / Kanji
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Pronunciation
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Mandarin/ zu3
Taiwan tsu
Japanese manaita まないた
 so
Chinese a stand for food at sacrifice
Japanese chopping board; altar of sacrifice

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Mandarin zhào / zhao4
Taiwan chao
Chinese sacrifice

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Mandarin kuǎn / kuan3
Taiwan k`uan / kuan
Chinese (tree); stand for sacrifice

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Mandarin míng / ming2
Taiwan ming
Japanese myō めいしゅう
Chinese bright; opposite: dark 暗[an4]; (of meaning) clear; to understand; next; public or open; wise; generic term for a sacrifice to the gods; Ming Dynasty (1368-1644); surname Ming; Ming (c. 2000 BC), fourth of the legendary Flame Emperors, 炎帝[Yan2 di4] descended from Shennong 神農|神农[Shen2 nong2] Farmer God
Japanese (1) brightness; (2) clarity; acumen; (3) power of vision; Ming (dynasty of China, 1368-1644); (1) (Buddhist term) vidya (wisdom); (2) mantra; (prefix) (3) the coming (4th of July, etc.); (adverb) (1) (archaism) clearly; brightly; (2) cleanly; purely; (surname) Meishuu; (female given name) Mei; (given name) Min; (surname) Myoujin; (surname) Myou; (female given name) Hinata; (female given name) Haru; (female given name) Toshi; (given name) Tooru; (female given name) Sayaka; (female given name) Saya; (male given name) Satoshi; (personal name) Asumi; (surname) Akera; (personal name) Akemine; (surname) Akesaki; (place-name/surname) Ake; (female given name) Akuru; (surname) Akiraka; (f,s) Akira; (u
vidyā, knowledge. ming means bright, clear, enlightenment, intp. by 智慧 or 聰明 wisdom, wise; to understand. It represents Buddha-wisdom and its revelation; also the manifestation of a Buddha's light or effulgence; it is a term for 眞言 because the 'true word' can destroy the obscurity of illusion; the 'manifestation' of the power of the object of worship; it means also dhāraṇīs or mantras of mystic wisdom. Also, the Ming dynasty A. D. 1368-1644.

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Mandarin yuè / yue4
Taiwan yüeh
Chinese spring imperial ancestral sacrifice

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Mandarin/ ci2
Taiwan tz`u / tzu
Japanese shi ほこら
Chinese ancestral hall; temple; to worship
Japanese (kana only) hokora; small wayside shrine
The spring ancestral sacrifice; the spring; ancestral temple, tablet, etc.

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Mandarin xiá / xia2
Taiwan hsia
Chinese triennial sacrifice to ancestors

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Mandarin/ ji4
Taiwan chi
Japanese sai まつり
Chinese to offer sacrifice; festive occasion; surname Zhai
Japanese festival; feast; (f,s) Matsuri
Sacrifice, sacrificial.

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Mandarin/ qu1
Taiwan ch`ü / chü
Chinese sacrifice to drive away calamity; to dispel; to drive away; to remove

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Mandarin/ si4
Taiwan ssu
Japanese ji
Chinese to sacrifice; to offer libation to
festival

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Mandarin chán / chan2
Taiwan ch`an / chan
Japanese zen ゆずり
Chinese to abdicate; dhyana (Sanskrit); Zen; meditation (Buddhism)
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (1) (Buddhist term) dhyana (profound meditation); (2) (abbreviation) Zen (Buddhism); (surname) Yuzuri; (personal name) Zen
To level a place for an altar, to sacrifice to the hills and fountains; to abdicate. Adopted by Buddhists for dhyāna, 禪 or 禪那, i.e. meditation, abstraction, trance. dhyāna is 'meditation, thought, reflection, especially profound and abstract religious contemplation'. M.W. It was intp. as 'getting rid of evil', etc., later as 靜慮 quiet meditation. It is a form of 定, but that word is more closely allied with samādhi, cf. 禪定. The term also connotes Buddhism and Buddhist things in general, but has special application to the 禪宗 q.v. It is one of the six pāramitās, cf. 波. There are numerous methods and subjects of meditation. The eighteen brahmalokas are divided into four dhyāna regions 'corresponding to certain frames of mind where individuals might be reborn in strict accordance with their spiritual state'. The first three are the first dhyāna, the second three the second dhyāna, the third three the third dhyāna, and the remaining nine the fourth dhyāna. See Eitel. According to Childers' Pali Dictionary, 'The four jhānas are four stages of mystic meditation, whereby the believer's mind is purged from all earthly emotions, and detached as it were from his body, which remains plunged in a profound trance.' Seated cross-legged, the practiser 'concentrates his mind upon a single thought. Gradually his soul becomes filled with a supernatural ecstasy and serenity', his mind still reasoning: this is the first jhāna. Concentrating his mind on the same subject, he frees it from reasoning, the ecstasy and serenity remaining, which is the second jhāna. Then he divests himself of ecstasy, reaching the third stage of serenity. Lastly, in the fourth stage the mind becomes indifferent to all emotions, being exalted above them and purified. There are differences in the Mahāyāna methods, but similarity of aim.
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Mandarin tǎn / tan3
Taiwan t`an / tan
Chinese sacrifice at the end of mourning

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Mandarin ráng / rang2
Taiwan jang
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Chinese sacrifice for avoiding calamity
To pray to avert.

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Mandarin yuè / yue4
Taiwan yüeh
Chinese spring imperial ancestral sacrifice

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Mandarin yǒng / yong3
Taiwan yung
Chinese sacrifice

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Mandarin/ di4
Taiwan ti
Chinese imperial ancestral sacrifice

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Mandarin méi / mei2
Taiwan mei
Chinese heir-requesting sacrifice

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Mandarin yīn / yin1
Taiwan yin
Chinese sacrifice

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Mandarin/ xi1
Taiwan hsi
Chinese sacrifice

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Mandarin yuè / yue4
Taiwan yüeh
Chinese pearl used in sacrifice

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Mandarin/ yi4
Taiwan i
Chinese bury; sacrifice
To bury, offer in sacrifice.

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Mandarin xūn / xun1
Taiwan hsün
Chinese fumes from sacrifice

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Mandarin fán / fan2
Taiwan fan
Chinese burn; to roast meat for sacrifice

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Mandarin zhì / zhi4
Taiwan chih
Chinese ancient sacrifice

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Mandarin láo / lao2
Taiwan lao
Japanese  ろう
Chinese firm; sturdy; fold (for animals); sacrifice; prison
Japanese prison; jail; gaol
A gaol, fold, pen; secure, firm.

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Mandarin shēng / sheng1
Taiwan sheng
Japanese suminori すみのり
 sumie すみえ
Chinese domestic animal; sacrificial animal
Japanese (1) (archaism) offering (to the gods, emperor, etc.); (2) gift; (3) sacrifice; (personal name) Suminori; (personal name) Sumie

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Mandarin huò / huo4
Taiwan huo
Japanese katsu ひろし
Chinese clear; open; exempt (from); liberal-minded; opening; stake all; sacrifice; crack; slit; to play Chinese finger-guessing game
Japanese (given name) Hiroshi; (personal name) Hiraku; (given name) Tooru; (given name) Katsu; (personal name) Akira
Open, clear; intelligent.

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Mandarin zhì / zhi4
Taiwan chih
Japanese nie にえ
Chinese gifts to superiors
Japanese (1) (archaism) offering (to the gods, emperor, etc.); (2) gift; (3) sacrifice; (surname) Nie

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Mandarin/ ba2
Taiwan pa
Chinese sacrifice

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Mandarin xìn / xin4
Taiwan hsin
Chinese variant of 釁|衅; quarrel; dispute; a blood sacrifice (arch.)

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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.




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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

Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Sacrifice牺牲
犧牲 / 犠牲
gi sei
gisei
xī shēng
xi sheng
hsi sheng
xi1 sheng1
xisheng
Sacrifice / Devotion / Dedication献身
獻身
ken shin
kenshin
xiàn shēn
xian shen
hsien shen
xian4 shen1
xianshen
Better to sacrifice your life than your principles舍生取义
捨生取義
n/ashě shēng qǔ yì
she sheng qu yi
she sheng ch`ü i
she3 sheng1 qu3 yi4
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