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Take Up a Challenge

China yìng zhàn
Take Up a Challenge

應戰 is a Chinese word that means, "to take up a challenge," or "to face an attack and meet it."

Take Up a Challenge

Japan aete
Take Up a Challenge

This Japanese word can mean a few things. It can be defined as daring (to do something), or to venture (often overcoming reluctance), take action (even in the face of probable failure). It can also be to take upon oneself, or take up a challenge.

Undaunted After Repeated Setbacks

Persistence to overcome all challenges
China bǎi zhé bù náo
Japan hyaku setsu su tou
Undaunted After Repeated Setbacks

This Chinese proverb means "Be undaunted in the face of repeated setbacks." More directly-translated, it reads, "[Overcome] a hundred setbacks, without flinching." 百折不撓 is of Chinese origin but is commonly used in Japanese, and somewhat in Korean (same characters, different pronunciation).

This proverb comes from a long, and occasionally tragic story of a man that lived sometime around 25-220 AD. His name was Qiao Xuan and he never stooped to flattery but remained an upright person at all times. He fought to expose corruption of higher-level government officials at great risk to himself.

Then when he was at a higher level in the Imperial Court, bandits were regularly capturing hostages and demanding ransoms. But when his own son was captured, he was so focused on his duty to the Emperor and common good that he sent a platoon of soldiers to raid the bandits' hideout, and stop them once and for all even at the risk of his own son's life. While all of the bandits were arrested in the raid, they killed Qiao Xuan's son at first sight of the raiding soldiers.

Near the end of his career a new Emperor came to power, and Qiao Xuan reported to him that one of his ministers was bullying the people and extorting money from them. The new Emperor refused to listen to Qiao Xuan and even promoted the corrupt Minister. Qiao Xuan was so disgusted that in protest he resigned his post as minister (something almost never done) and left for his home village.

His tombstone reads "Bai Zhe Bu Nao" which is now a proverb used in Chinese culture to describe a person of strength will who puts up stubborn resistance against great odds.

My Chinese-English dictionary defines these 4 characters as, "keep on fighting in spite of all setbacks," "be undaunted by repeated setbacks" and "be indomitable."

Our translator says it can mean, "never give up" in modern Chinese.

Although the first two characters are translated correctly as "repeated setbacks," the literal meaning is "100 setbacks" or "a rope that breaks 100 times." The last two characters can mean "do not yield" or "do not give up."
Most Chinese, Japanese, and Korean people will not take this absolutely literal meaning but will instead understand it as the title suggests above. If you want a single big word definition, it would be indefatigability, indomitableness, persistence, or unyielding.


See Also:  Tenacity | Fortitude | Strength | Perseverance | Persistence


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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

將軍


将军

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Mandarin jiāng jun / jiang1 jun1
Taiwan chiang chün
Chinese general; high-ranking military officer; to check or checkmate; fig. to embarrass; to challenge; to put sb on the spot; Chiangchun township in Tainan county 台南縣|台南县[Tai2 nan2 xian4], Taiwan
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Chinese or Korean Army General

應戰


应战

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Mandarin yìng zhàn / ying4 zhan4
Taiwan ying chan
Chinese to take up a challenge; to face an attack and meet it
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Take Up a Challenge

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Mandarin nuò / nuo4
Taiwan no
Japanese karami / からみ    karage / からげ
Chinese (literary) to hold (in the hand); to challenge; to provoke
Japanese (place-name) Karami; (place-name) Karage

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仕掛

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Japanese shikake / しかけ Japanese (1) device; contrivance; mechanism; gadget; (2) trick; trap; calculated manipulation; gambit; (3) (small) scale; half finished; (4) commencement; initiation; (5) set up; laying out; preparation; (6) challenge; attack

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動搖


动摇

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Mandarin dòng yáo / dong4 yao2
Taiwan tung yao
Japanese dōyō
Chinese to sway; to waver; to rock; to rattle; to destabilize; to pose a challenge to
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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叫板

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Mandarin jiào bǎn / jiao4 ban3
Taiwan chiao pan
Chinese to signal the musicians (in Chinese opera, by prolonging a spoken word before attacking a song); (coll.) to challenge

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叫陣


叫阵

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Mandarin jiào zhèn / jiao4 zhen4
Taiwan chiao chen
Chinese to challenge an opponent to a fight

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命題


命题

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Mandarin mìng tí / ming4 ti2
Taiwan ming t`i / ming ti
Japanese meidai / medai / めいだい
Chinese proposition (logic, math.); to assign an essay topic
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) proposition; thesis; notion; theory; (2) problem; issue; challenge
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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忌避

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Mandarin jì bì / ji4 bi4
Taiwan chi pi
Japanese kihi / きひ
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) evasion; shirking; avoidance; (2) challenge; (taking) exception
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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応戦

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Japanese ousen / osen / おうせん Japanese (noun/participle) accepting a challenge; returning fire; fighting back; putting up a fight; responding to an attack

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戰書


战书

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Mandarin zhàn shū / zhan4 shu1
Taiwan chan shu
Chinese written war challenge

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挑む

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Japanese idomu / いどむ Japanese (v5m,vi) (1) to challenge; to throw down the gauntlet; to contend for; to tackle; (2) to pressure someone for sex; to woo; to make love to

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挑戦

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Japanese chousen / chosen / ちょうせん Japanese (noun/participle) challenge; defiance; dare; attempt; try

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挑戰


挑战

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Mandarin tiǎo zhàn / tiao3 zhan4
Taiwan t`iao chan / tiao chan
Chinese to challenge; challenge

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搦戰


搦战

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Mandarin nuò zhàn / nuo4 zhan4
Taiwan no chan
Chinese to challenge to battle

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申込

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Japanese moushikomi / moshikomi / もうしこみ Japanese application; entry; request; subscription; offer; proposal; overture; challenge

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童趣

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Mandarin tóng qù / tong2 qu4
Taiwan t`ung ch`ü / tung chü
Chinese qualities that delight children (e.g. bold colors in a picture, anthropomorphized characters in a TV show, the physical challenge of playground equipment)

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肉薄

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Japanese nikuhaku / にくはく Japanese (noun/participle) come close to; closing in upon; pressing hard (on the enemy); challenge

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肉迫

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Japanese nikuhaku / にくはく Japanese (noun/participle) come close to; closing in upon; pressing hard (on the enemy); challenge

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臨み

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Japanese nozomi / のぞみ Japanese challenge; confrontation

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課題

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Mandarin kè tí / ke4 ti2
Taiwan k`o t`i / ko ti
Japanese kadai / かだい
Chinese task; problem; issue
Japanese (1) subject; theme; issue; matter; (2) homework; assignment; (3) task; challenge; problem; question

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難題

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Mandarin nán tí / nan2 ti2
Taiwan nan t`i / nan ti
Japanese nandai / なんだい
Chinese difficult problem
Japanese difficult problem; challenge

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ウケる

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Japanese ukeru / ウケる Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to receive; to get; (2) to catch (e.g. a ball); (3) to be struck by (wind, waves, sunlight, etc.); (4) to sustain (damage); to incur (a loss); to suffer (an injury); to feel (influence); (5) to undergo (e.g. surgery); to take (a test); to accept (a challenge); (6) to be given (e.g. life, talent); (7) to follow; to succeed; to be descended from; (8) to face (south, etc.); (9) (linguistics terminology) to be modified by; (10) to obtain (a pawned item, etc.) by paying a fee; (v1,vi) (11) (kana only) to be well-received; to become popular; to go down well; (12) (colloquialism) (kana only) to be funny; to be humorous

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享ける

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Japanese ukeru / うける Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to receive; to get; (2) to catch (e.g. a ball); (3) to be struck by (wind, waves, sunlight, etc.); (4) to sustain (damage); to incur (a loss); to suffer (an injury); to feel (influence); (5) to undergo (e.g. surgery); to take (a test); to accept (a challenge); (6) to be given (e.g. life, talent); (7) to follow; to succeed; to be descended from; (8) to face (south, etc.); (9) (linguistics terminology) to be modified by; (10) to obtain (a pawned item, etc.) by paying a fee; (v1,vi) (11) (kana only) to be well-received; to become popular; to go down well; (12) (colloquialism) (kana only) to be funny; to be humorous

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仕掛け

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Japanese shikake / しかけ Japanese (1) device; contrivance; mechanism; gadget; (2) trick; trap; calculated manipulation; gambit; (3) (small) scale; half finished; (4) commencement; initiation; (5) set up; laying out; preparation; (6) challenge; attack

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初挑戦

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Japanese hatsuchousen / hatsuchosen / はつちょうせん Japanese first challenge; first try

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受ける

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Japanese ukeru / うける Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to receive; to get; (2) to catch (e.g. a ball); (3) to be struck by (wind, waves, sunlight, etc.); (4) to sustain (damage); to incur (a loss); to suffer (an injury); to feel (influence); (5) to undergo (e.g. surgery); to take (a test); to accept (a challenge); (6) to be given (e.g. life, talent); (7) to follow; to succeed; to be descended from; (8) to face (south, etc.); (9) (linguistics terminology) to be modified by; (10) to obtain (a pawned item, etc.) by paying a fee; (v1,vi) (11) (kana only) to be well-received; to become popular; to go down well; (12) (colloquialism) (kana only) to be funny; to be humorous

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咎める

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Japanese togameru / とがめる Japanese (transitive verb) (1) (kana only) to blame; to reproach; to censure; to rebuke; to reprove; to find fault; to take to task; to criticize; to criticise; (2) (kana only) to question (a suspect); to challenge; (Ichidan verb) (3) (kana only) to aggravate (an injury); to be aggravated; to get inflamed; (v1,vi) (4) (kana only) (See 気が咎める) to prick (one's conscience)

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承ける

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Japanese ukeru / うける Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to receive; to get; (2) to catch (e.g. a ball); (3) to be struck by (wind, waves, sunlight, etc.); (4) to sustain (damage); to incur (a loss); to suffer (an injury); to feel (influence); (5) to undergo (e.g. surgery); to take (a test); to accept (a challenge); (6) to be given (e.g. life, talent); (7) to follow; to succeed; to be descended from; (8) to face (south, etc.); (9) (linguistics terminology) to be modified by; (10) to obtain (a pawned item, etc.) by paying a fee; (v1,vi) (11) (kana only) to be well-received; to become popular; to go down well; (12) (colloquialism) (kana only) to be funny; to be humorous

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挑戦権

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Japanese chousenken / chosenken / ちょうせんけん Japanese right to challenge; right to make a challenge

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Search for Challenge in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary


The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Take Up a Challenge應戰
应战
yìng zhàn
ying4 zhan4
ying zhan
yingzhan
ying chan
yingchan
Take Up a Challenge敢てaete
Undaunted After Repeated Setbacks百折不撓
百折不挠
hyaku setsu su tou
hyakusetsusutou
hyaku setsu su to
hyakusetsusuto
bǎi zhé bù náo
bai3 zhe2 bu4 nao2
bai zhe bu nao
baizhebunao
pai che pu nao
paichepunao
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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