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Wise and Virtuous

China xián
Japan ken
Wise and Virtuous

This character is used to refer to being a wise, trustworthy and virtuous person. But it also contains the ideas of intelligence, genius, scholarship, virtue, sage, saint, good, excellent in character.

This is used in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. Also used in a Buddhist context with same meaning.

Note: Can also be male given name, Masaru, in Japanese.

Moral and Virtuous

Japan toku
Moral and Virtuous

德 is the simple way to express the ideas of having virtue, morals, kindness, benevolence, goodness etc. 德 also happens to be the first character of the Chinese word for Germany.

徳There is a slight deviation in the Japanese Kanji form. 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:  Ethics | Chastity | Prudence | Benevolence | Morality

Martial Morality
Martial Arts Ethics / Virtue

China wǔ dé
Japan butoku
Martial Morality / Martial Arts Ethics / Virtue

This refers to the virtue, morality, and ethics that any practitioner of martial arts should posses. This can be used in both Chinese and Japanese in lieu of English terms such as "soldierly virtue," "good conduct" (military), "warrior ethics," and being honorable in regards to any fight or competition.

See Also:  Morality of Mind | Morality of Deed

Beautiful Virtue

China měi dé
Japan bitoku
Beautiful Virtue

美德 written in Chinese or Korean Hanja can also mean "grace of character" or "noble virtue."

徳There is a slight variation in the modern 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 (it's the ancient Japanese form anyway).

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Mandarin shàn / shan4
Taiwan shan
Japanese yoshikatsu よしかつ
 yoshiaki よしあき
 yoshi よし
 tadashi ただし
 zenyou / zenyo ぜんよう
 zenji ぜんじ
 zen ぜん
Chinese good (virtuous); benevolent; well-disposed; good at something; to improve or perfect
Japanese good; goodness; right; virtue; (personal name) Yoshikatsu; (given name) Yoshiaki; (given name) Yoshi; (personal name) Tadashi; (given name) Zen'you; (personal name) Zenji; (surname, given name) Zen
su; sādhu; bhadra; kuśala. Good, virtuous, well; good at; skilful.
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Goodness / Good Deed

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Mandarin liè / lie4
Taiwan lieh
Japanese retsu れつ
 tsuyoshi つよし
 tadashi ただし
 takeshi たけし
 isao いさお
 akira あきら
Chinese ardent; intense; fierce; stern; upright; to give one's life for a noble cause; exploits; achievements
Japanese (female given name) Retsu; (male given name) Tsuyoshi; (given name) Tadashi; (given name) Takeshi; (female given name) Isao; (given name) Akira
Burning, fierce; virtuous, heroic.
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Mandarin shèng / sheng4
Taiwan sheng
Japanese maria まりあ
 mari まり
 makoto まこと
 hijiri ひじり
 tooru とおる
 chika ちか
 takeshi たけし
 takara たから
 takashi たかし
 sofii / sofi そふぃー
 seitoku / setoku せいとく
 seiji / seji せいじ
 seika / seka せいか
 sei / se せい
 sumizou / sumizo すみぞう
 sumiko すみこ
 sumie すみえ
 satoru さとる
 satomi さとみ
 satoshi さとし
 satoi さとい
 sato さと
 komina こみな
 kouki / koki こうき
 kirara きらら
 kiyora きよら
 kiyomi きよみ
 kiyonori きよのり
 kiyotsugu きよつぐ
 kiyoshi きよし
 kiyo きよ
 kyoji きょじ
 ibu いぶ
 akira あきら
Chinese holy; sacred; saint; sage
Japanese (1) highly virtuous monk; (2) (honorific or respectful language) monk; (3) Buddhist solitary; (4) Buddhist missionary; (5) saint (i.e. a virtuous person); (6) (archaism) (honorific or respectful language) emperor; (7) master; expert; (n,n-pref) (1) Saint; St.; S.; (noun or adjectival noun) (2) sacred; holy; pure; (female given name) Mina; (female given name) Maria; (female given name) Mari; (female given name) Makoto; (surname, female given name) Hijiri; (personal name) Tooru; (female given name) Chika; (personal name) Takeshi; (female given name) Takara; (given name) Takashi; (female given name) Sofi-; (surname) Seitoku; (personal name) Seiji; (female given name) Seika; (surname, female given name) Sei; (personal name) Sumizou; (personal name) Sumiko; (personal name) Sumie; (given name) Satoru; (female given name) Satom
ārya; sādhu; a sage; wise and good; upright, or correct in all his character; sacred, holy, saintly.
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Mandarin xián / xian2
Taiwan hsien
Japanese masaru まさる
 makoto まこと
 hiroshi ひろし
 hyongoru ひょんごる
 takeshi たけし
 takashi たかし
 suguru すぐる
 satoru さとる
 satoshi さとし
 sato さと
 sakashi さかし
 kensou / kenso けんそう
 kenji けんじ
 kenshou / kensho けんしょう
 ken けん
 kata かた
 kashiko かしこ
Chinese worthy or virtuous person; honorific used for a person of the same or a younger generation
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (archaism) intelligence; genius; scholarship; virtue; (expression) (kana only) (feminine speech) yours sincerely (used to sign off on letters); respectfully yours; (male given name) Masaru; (male given name) Makoto; (given name) Hiroshi; (personal name) Hyongoru; (personal name) Takeshi; (given name) Takashi; (personal name) Suguru; (given name) Satoru; (male given name) Satoshi; (female given name) Sato; (given name) Sakashi; (personal name) Kensou; (personal name) Kenji; (personal name) Kenshou; (male given name) Ken; (female given name) Kata; (given name) Kashiko
Wise and virtuous, sage, second rank to a 聖 saint; good, excellent in character, virtuous; intelligent
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Mandarin shàn xīn / shan4 xin1
Taiwan shan hsin
Japanese yoshinaka よしなか
Chinese kindness; benevolence; philanthropy; virtuous intentions
Japanese virtue; moral sense; conscience; (given name) Yoshinaka
A good heart, or mind; good mind
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Mandarin shàn yì / shan4 yi4
Taiwan shan i
Japanese yoshii / yoshi よしい
Chinese goodwill; benevolence; kindness
Japanese (1) virtuous mind; (2) good intentions; good will; (3) positive mindset; (4) (law) bona fides; good faith; (personal name) Yoshii
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition


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Japanese reppu れっぷ
Japanese chaste, strong-minded woman; virtuous woman; heroine
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Strong-Minded Woman


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Mandarin xíng dé / xing2 de2
Taiwan hsing te
Japanese gyō toku
The virtue of performance, or discipline; to perform virtuous deeds; merits of practice
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Morality of Deed



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Mandarin sān guó yǎn yì / san1 guo2 yan3 yi4
Taiwan san kuo yen i
Chinese Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong 羅貫中|罗贯中[Luo2 Guan4 zhong1], one of the Four Classic Novels of Chinese literature; a fictional account of the Three Kingdoms at the break-up of the Han around 200 AD, consistently portraying Liu Bei's Shu Han 劉備, 蜀漢|刘备, 蜀汉 as virtuous heroes and Cao Cao's Wei 曹操, 魏 as tyrannical villains
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Romance of the Three Kingdoms



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Mandarin jiàn xián sī qí / jian4 xian2 si1 qi2
Taiwan chien hsien ssu ch`i / chien hsien ssu chi
Chinese see a worthy, think to imitate (idiom, from Analects); emulate the virtuous; Follow the example of a virtuous and wise teacher.
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Learn from Wisdom

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Mandarin lìng // lǐng // líng / ling4 // ling3 // ling2
Taiwan ling
Japanese reiji / reji れいじ
 rei / re れい
 riyou / riyo りよう
 ryou / ryo りょう
 yoshi よし
 nori のり
Chinese to order; to command; an order; warrant; writ; to cause; to make something happen; virtuous; honorific title; season; government position (old); classifier for a ream of paper; see 脊令[ji2 ling2]; see 令狐[Ling2 hu2]
Japanese (n,n-suf) command; order; dictation; (archaism) administrative and civil code; (personal name) Reiji; (female given name) Rei; (personal name) Riyou; (female given name) Ryou; (given name) Yoshi; (given name) Nori
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin jìng / jing4
Taiwan ching
Chinese (of woman) slender; delicate; virtuous

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Mandarin shū / shu1
Taiwan shu
Japanese yoshi よし
 munehira むねひら
 munekata むねかた
 munakata むなかた
 fukashi ふかし
 hajime はじめ
 toshi とし
 soubei / sobe そうべい
 souhei / sohe そうへい
 sousuke / sosuke そうすけ
 sumi すみ
 sunao すなお
 shuku しゅく
 shuuhei / shuhe しゅうへい
 shuusuke / shusuke しゅうすけ
 shino しの
 shizuka しずか
 kiyoi きよい
Chinese warm and virtuous; (used in given names); Taiwan pr. [shu2]
Japanese (female given name) Yoshi; (personal name) Munehira; (personal name) Munekata; (personal name) Munakata; (given name) Fukashi; (given name) Hajime; (female given name) Toshi; (personal name) Soubei; (personal name) Souhei; (personal name) Sousuke; (female given name) Sumi; (given name) Sunao; (female given name) Shuku; (personal name) Shuuhei; (personal name) Shuusuke; (female given name) Shino; (female given name) Shizuka; (female given name) Kiyoi

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Mandarin/ yi4
Taiwan i
Japanese atsushi あつし
Chinese restrain; virtuous
Japanese (given name) Atsushi
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Mandarin tiǎn / tian3
Taiwan t`ien / tien
Japanese yutaka ゆたか
Chinese make strong (as liquors); virtuous
Japanese (personal name) Yutaka

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Mandarin liáng / liang2
Taiwan liang
Japanese riyou / riyo りよう
 ryouji / ryoji りょうじ
 ryou / ryo りょう
 yoshimine よしみね
 yoshimi よしみ
 yoshinori よしのり
 yoshitsugu よしつぐ
 yoshiji よしじ
 yoshi よし
 yaya やや
 masaru まさる
 makoto まこと
 haru はる
 hajime はじめ
 nagashi ながし
 naoshi なおし
 tsukasa つかさ
 sunao すなお
Chinese good; very; very much
Japanese (can act as adjective) (1) good; (2) B grade (in an A, B, C ... system); (personal name) Riyou; (personal name) Ryouji; (surname, female given name) Ryou; (personal name) Yoshimine; (given name) Yoshimi; (personal name) Yoshinori; (personal name) Yoshitsugu; (personal name) Yoshiji; (surname, given name) Yoshi; (surname) Yaya; (personal name) Masaru; (surname, female given name) Makoto; (female given name) Haru; (given name) Hajime; (personal name) Nagashi; (given name) Naoshi; (given name) Tsukasa; (given name) Sunao
Good, virtuous, beneficial.

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Mandarin/ ji4
Taiwan chi
Japanese ki
Chinese thoroughbred horse; refined and virtuous
Japanese (given name) Ki

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Mandarin zuò jǔ / zuo4 ju3
Taiwan tso chü
Japanese sako
The accusation of sin made against particular monks by the virtuous monk who presides at the pravāraṇa gathering on the last day of the summer's rest; to make an accusation

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Japanese hironori ひろのり
 daitoku だいとく
 oodoku おおどく
 ootoku おおとく
Japanese virtuous priest; priest; (given name) Hironori; (surname) Daitoku; (surname) Oodoku; (surname) Ootoku

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Mandarin dà dé / da4 de2
Taiwan ta te
Japanese daitoku
bhadanta. 婆檀陀 Most virtuous, a title of honor of a Buddha; in the Vinaya applied to monks; great virtue

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Mandarin dà yì / da4 yi4
Taiwan ta i
Japanese hiroyoshi ひろよし
 taigi たいぎ
 oogi おおぎ
Chinese righteousness; virtuous cause; a woman's marriage; main points of a piece of writing
Japanese great cause; moral law; justice; (personal name) Hiroyoshi; (surname) Taigi; (surname) Oogi
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Mandarin suō dù / suo1 du4
Taiwan so tu
Japanese shado
sādhu, good, virtuous, perfect, a sage, saint, tr. 善 good; (Skt. sādhu)

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Mandarin bǎo chí / bao3 chi2
Taiwan pao ch`ih / pao chih
Japanese takaraike たからいけ
Japanese (surname) Takaraike
The precious lake of the eight virtuous characteristics in the Pure Land; jeweled lake

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Japanese yasuyuki やすゆき
 noriyuki のりゆき
 tokkou / tokko とっこう
 tokuyuki とくゆき
 tokugyou / tokugyo とくぎょう
Japanese virtuous act or deeds; goodness; (given name) Yasuyuki; (given name) Noriyuki; (given name) Tokkou; (surname, given name) Tokuyuki; (place-name) Tokugyou

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Mandarin dé shì / de2 shi4
Taiwan te shih
Japanese tokushi
Virtuous scholar, a term for a monk in the Tang dynasty; virtuous scholar

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Mandarin dé zhì / de2 zhi4
Taiwan te chih
Chinese rule by virtue; rule by setting virtuous example (Confucian ideal)

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Mandarin dé cái / de2 cai2
Taiwan te ts`ai / te tsai
Chinese ethics and ability; virtuous and talented

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Japanese koutoku / kotoku こうとく
Japanese (Buddhist term) virtuous deed; act of merit; (personal name) Koutoku

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Mandarin ren  / ren2 
Taiwan ren 
Japanese yoshihito よしひと
 yoshito よしと
Chinese philanthropist; charitable person; well-doer
Japanese good person; virtuous person; (given name) Yoshihito; (given name) Yoshito
A good man, especially one who believes in Buddhist ideas of causality and lives a good life; a good person



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Mandarin xiān dá / xian1 da2
Taiwan hsien ta
Japanese sendatsu せんだつ
 sendachi せんだち
Chinese famous and virtuous ancestors; the great men of the past
Japanese guide; leader; pioneer; (surname) Sendatsu; (surname) Sendachi
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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Wise and Virtuous
kenxián / xian2 / xian hsien
Moral and Virtuous
tokudé / de2 / de te
Martial Morality
Martial Arts Ethics
武德butokuwǔ dé / wu3 de2 / wu de / wude wu te / wute
Beautiful Virtue 美德
美德 / 美徳
bitokuměi dé / mei3 de2 / mei de / meide mei te / meite
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