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This proverb is the tattoo worn on the back of Yue Fei, a famous Chinese warrior who lived until 1142 A.D.
The tattoo can be translated as "Serve the country with the utmost loyalty." More literally, it means, "[The] Ultimate Loyalty [is too] Duty [of] Country."
Legend has it that this tattoo once saved his life when he was accused of treason.
The first two characters have come to create a word that means "serve the country faithfully" or "die for the country." Note: It's more a willingness to die for one's country than the actual act of dying.
The last two characters have come to mean, "Dedicate oneself to the service of one's country."
Both of these words are probably only in the Chinese lexicon because of this famous tattoo.
If you break it down, character-by-character, here is what you get:
1. To the utmost, to the limit of something, the ultimate.
2. Loyalty or duty (a sense of duty to one's master, lord, country, job).
3. Report, recompense, give back to (in this case, you are giving yourself to your country as payback).
4. Country, state, nation, kingdom.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your yue fei search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| yuè fēi / yue4 fei1
| Yue Fei (1103-1142), Song dynasty patriot and general
(personal name) Gakuhi
More info / calligraphy:
| qín huì / qin2 hui4
ch`in hui / chin hui
| Qin Hui (1090-1155 AD), Song Dynasty official said to have betrayed General Yue Fei 岳飛|岳飞[Yue4 Fei1]
| shuō yuè quán zhuàn / shuo1 yue4 quan2 zhuan4
shuo yüeh ch`üan chuan / shuo yüeh chüan chuan
| "The Story of Yue Fei", biography of Song dynasty patriot and general Yue Fei 岳飛|岳飞[Yue4 Fei1]
| zhāng fēi dǎ yuè fēi / zhang1 fei1 da3 yue4 fei1
chang fei ta yüeh fei
| lit. Zhang Fei fights Yue Fei; fig. an impossible combination; an impossible turn of events (idiom)
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|gakuhi||yuè fēi / yue4 fei1 / yue fei / yuefei||yüeh fei / yüehfei|
|Ultimate Loyalty to Your Country||盡忠報國|
|jìn zhōng bào guó
jin4 zhong1 bao4 guo2
jin zhong bao guo
|chin chung pao kuo
|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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