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Unbroken

China lián mián
Japan ren men
Unbroken

連綿 is a Chinese and Japanese Kanji word meaning: continuous; unbroken; uninterrupted; extending forever into the distance (of mountain range, river etc).

Death Before Dishonor

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

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.

Death Before Dishonor

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

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."


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連綿


连绵

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Mandarin lián mián / lian2 mian2
Taiwan lien mien
Japanese renmen / れんめん
Chinese continuous; unbroken; uninterrupted; extending forever into the distance (of mountain range, river etc)
Japanese (adj-t,adv-to) unbroken; uninterrupted; on and on; continuous
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition
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一望

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Japanese kazumi / かずみ Japanese (noun/participle) one sweep (of the eye); an unbroken view; (female given name) Kazumi

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一眸

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Japanese ichibou / ichibo / いちぼう Japanese (noun/participle) one sweep (of the eye); an unbroken view

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山巒


山峦

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Mandarin shān luán / shan1 luan2
Taiwan shan luan
Chinese mountain range; unbroken chain of peaks

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無間


无间

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Mandarin wú jiān / wu2 jian1
Taiwan wu chien
Japanese mugen
Chinese very close; no gap between them; continuously; unbroken; hard to separate; indistinguishable
avīci, uninterrupted, unseparated, without intermission; immediately

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盤亙

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Mandarin pán gèn / pan2 gen4
Taiwan p`an ken / pan ken
Chinese linked in a unbroken chain

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続く

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Japanese tsuzuku / つづく Japanese (v5k,vi) (1) to continue; to last; to go on; (2) to continue (without a break); to be unbroken; (3) to occur again and again; (4) to lead to; to connect to; to adjoin; (5) to come after; to follow; to succeed; to rank next to; (6) to hold out; to keep; to last

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綿々

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Japanese menmen / めんめん Japanese (adj-t,adv-to) unbroken; endless; continuous

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綿亙

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Mandarin mián gèn / mian2 gen4
Taiwan mien ken
Chinese to stretch in an unbroken chain (esp. of mountains)

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綿延

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Mandarin mián yán / mian2 yan2
Taiwan mien yen
Chinese continuous (esp. of mountain ranges); to stretch long and unbroken; a continuous link; sostenuto (sustained, in music)

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綿綿


绵绵

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Mandarin mián mián / mian2 mian2
Taiwan mien mien
Japanese menmen / めんめん
Chinese continuous; uninterrupted
Japanese (adj-t,adv-to) unbroken; endless; continuous
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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縷々

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Japanese ruru / るる Japanese (adj-t,adv-to) continuously; unbroken; at great length; in minute detail; (female given name) Ruru

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縷縷

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Japanese ruru / るる Japanese (adj-t,adv-to) continuously; unbroken; at great length; in minute detail

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脈々

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Japanese myakumyaku / みゃくみゃく Japanese (adj-t,adv-to) (1) continuous; unbroken; ceaseless; (2) pulsating forcefully

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脈脈

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Mandarin mò mò / mo4 mo4
Taiwan mo mo
Japanese myakumyaku / みゃくみゃく
Chinese affectionate; loving
Japanese (adj-t,adv-to) (1) continuous; unbroken; ceaseless; (2) pulsating forcefully

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陽爻

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Japanese youkou / yoko / ようこう Japanese (See 爻) yang yao (unbroken line composing one third of a trigram)

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一段事

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Mandarin yī duàn shì / yi1 duan4 shi4
Taiwan i tuan shih
Japanese ichidan no ji
The unity or continuity in the unbroken processes of nature; all nature, all being is but one continuous process; fundamental matter

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三種常


三种常

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Mandarin sān zhǒng cháng / san1 zhong3 chang2
Taiwan san chung ch`ang / san chung chang
Japanese sanshu jō
A Buddha in his three eternal qualities: (a) 本性常 in his nature or dharmakāya; (b) 不斷常 in his unbroken eternity, saṃbhogakāya; (c) 相續常 in his continuous and eternally varied forms, nirmāṇakāya; three kinds of constancy

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未開封

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Japanese mikaifuu / mikaifu / みかいふう Japanese unopened (state); with an unbroken seal

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百萬遍


百万遍

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Mandarin bǎi wàn biàn / bai3 wan4 bian4
Taiwan pai wan pien
Japanese hyakuman ben
To repeat Amitābha's name a million times (ensures rebirth in his Paradise; for a seven days' unbroken repetition Paradise may be gained); a million recitations

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万世一系

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Japanese banseiikkei / bansekke / ばんせいいっけい Japanese (yoji) unbroken imperial line

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念念相續


念念相续

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Mandarin niàn niàn xiāng xù / nian4 nian4 xiang1 xu4
Taiwan nien nien hsiang hsü
Japanese nennen sōzoku
Unbroken continuity; continuing instant in unbroken thought or meditation on a subject; also unceasing invocation of a Buddha's name; moment-to-moment continuity

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接連不斷


接连不断

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Mandarin jiē lián bù duàn / jie1 lian2 bu4 duan4
Taiwan chieh lien pu tuan
Chinese in unbroken succession (idiom)

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連綿不断

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Japanese renmenfudan / れんめんふだん Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (yoji) long and uninterrupted (unbroken)

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一望;一眸

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Japanese ichibou / ichibo / いちぼう Japanese (noun/participle) one sweep (of the eye); an unbroken view

綿綿;綿々

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Japanese menmen / めんめん Japanese (adj-t,adv-to) unbroken; endless; continuous

縷縷;縷々

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Japanese ruru / るる Japanese (adj-t,adv-to) continuously; unbroken; at great length; in minute detail

脈脈;脈々

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Japanese myakumyaku / みゃくみゃく Japanese (adj-t,adv-to) (1) continuous; unbroken; ceaseless; (2) pulsating forcefully

切れ目のない

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Japanese kiremenonai / きれめのない Japanese (exp,adj-pn) seamless; contiguous; unbroken; non-stop

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荒れ地を拓く

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Japanese arechiohiraku / あれちをひらく Japanese (exp,v5k) to open up unbroken land

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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
Unbroken連綿
连绵
ren men / renmenlián mián
lian2 mian2
lian mian
lianmian
lien mien
lienmien
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
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
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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