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敏 means quick, nimble, agile, clever, smart, ingenious, and/or witty.

Clever / Superb / Wonderful

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The meanings for 妙 include: clever; wonderful; strange; unusual; superb; excellent; beautiful; mystic; supernatural; profound; mysterious; good; surpassing; fine, lovely, charming; special; outstanding; incomparable.

As you can see, this single character can mean a lot of things (a bit ambiguous).

Those Who Understand are Clever, Those Who Know Themselves are Truly Wise

zhī rén zhě zhì zì zhī zhě míng
Those Who Understand are Clever, Those Who Know Themselves are Truly Wise Scroll

知人者智自知者明 is a Chinese proverb that means “Those who understand others are clever, but those who know themselves are truly wise.”

This proverb is derived from the teachings in Laozi's (Lao Tzu's) 道德經 or Daodejing.

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A Bright Future

Bright and Promising Future

Cunning / Sly / Sneaky

Light / Bright

Light / Bright / Shine

Light / Bright and Promising Future

Scarlet / Bright Red

Sunny / Clear and Bright

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Simple Dictionary Definition

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 myou / myo

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Clever / Superb / Wonderful
clever; wonderful
(noun or adjectival noun) (1) strange; weird; odd; curious; (noun or adjectival noun) (2) wonder; mystery; miracle; excellence; (noun or adjectival noun) (3) cleverness; adroitness; knack; skill; (surname) Myou
su, sat, mañju, sūkṣma. Wonderful, beautiful, mystic, supernatural, profound, subtle, mysterious. su means good, excellent, surpassing, beautiful, fine, easy. sat means existing, real, good. mañju means beautiful, lovely, charming. Intp. in Chinese as 不可思議 beyond thought or discussion; 絕待 special, outstanding; 無比 incomparable; 精微深遠 subtle and profound; marvelous

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rapid; quick; speed; rate; soon; almost; to make haste; clever; sharp (of knives or wits); forthright; plainspoken; gratified; pleased; pleasant
pleasure; delight; enjoyment; (female given name) Yoshi
Glad, joyful; quick, sharp; pleasure

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quick; nimble; agile; clever; smart
(noun or adjectival noun) (ant: 鈍) quick; nimble; agile; sharp; smart; clever; (personal name) Min
Clever, active, ingenious, witty; sharp

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Spirit / Soul
quick; alert; efficacious; effective; to come true; spirit; departed soul; coffin
Spirit, spiritual, energy, effective, clever; spirit (of the dead)

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Ghost Demon
ghost; demon; terrible; damnable; clever; sly; crafty; (suffix for sb with a certain vice or addiction etc); one of the 28 constellations
(1) ogre; demon; oni; (2) (See 亡魂) spirit of a deceased person; (3) (おに only) ogre-like person (i.e. fierce, relentless, merciless, etc.); (4) (おに only) (See 鬼ごっこ・おにごっこ) it (in a game of tag, hide-and-seek, etc.); (5) (き only) {astron} (See 二十八宿,朱雀・すざく・2) Chinese "ghost" constellation (one of the 28 mansions); (prefix) (6) (おに only) (slang) (See 超・1) very; extremely; super-; (surname) Miniwa
preta 薜荔多, departed, dead; a disembodied spirit, dead person, ghost; a demon, evil being; especially a 餓鬼 hungry ghost. They are of many kinds. The Fan-i ming i classifies them as poor, medium, and rich; each again thrice subdivided: (1) (a) with mouths like burning torches; (b) throats no bigger than needles; (c) vile breath, disgusting to themselves; (2) (a) needle-haired, self-piercing; (b) hair sharp and stinking; (c) having great wens on whose pus they must feed. (3) (a) living on the remains of sacrifices; (b) on leavings in general; (c) powerful ones, yakṣas, rākṣasas, piśācas, etc. All belong to the realm of Yama, whence they are sent everywhere, consequently are ubiquitous in every house, lane, market, mound, stream, tree, etc.


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zhū yù
    zhu1 yu4
chu yü

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pearls and jades; jewels; clever remark; beautiful writing; gems of wisdom; genius; outstanding person
(1) jewel; gem; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (2) (usu. as 珠玉の〜) gem (of a story, essay, etc.); accomplished work; beautiful piece; (female given name) Tama


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 kenjo; kennyo(ok)
    けんじょ; けんにょ(ok)

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Wise Woman
wise woman; clever woman


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 kurebaa / kureba

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(adjectival noun) clever; (personal name) Cleaver; Klever

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(of a child) obedient, well-behaved; clever; shrewd; alert; perverse; contrary to reason; irregular; abnormal
to be contrary to

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 rei / re
clever; (old) actor; actress
(female given name) Rei

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 rii / ri
(female given name) Ri-

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smart; clever

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sharp; favorable; advantage; benefit; profit; interest; to do good to; to benefit
advantage; benefit; profit; interest; (surname) Ri
paṭu, tīkṣṇa; sharp, keen, clever; profitable, beneficial; gain, advantage; interest.

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opportunely; coincidentally; as it happens; skillful; timely
skilfulness; skillfulness; cleverness; (personal name) Takumu
Skilful, clever; skillful

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smooth; active; clever; sharp

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clever; old variant of 愍[min3]

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head of grain; husk; tip; point; clever; gifted; outstanding
awn; glume; (male given name) Satoshi

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 sou / so
quick at hearing; wise; clever; sharp-witted; intelligent; acute
(given name) Sou
Quick at hearing, sharp, clever, astute, wise, 聰明.

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pleasing; clever talk


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usually used in a name; clever; intelligent

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(phonetic); crafty
Smart, clever, intelligent; smart

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(old) beautiful; clever


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sān zǐ
    san1 zi3
san tzu
(female given name) Mine
The three sons, one filial, wise, and competent; one unfilial but clever and competent; one unfilial stupid, and incompetent; types respectively of bodhisattvas, śrāvakas, and icchahtikas, 涅槃經 33.


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shàng shǒu
    shang4 shou3
shang shou
to obtain; to master; overhand (serve etc); seat of honor
(noun or adjectival noun) (1) (ant: 下手・へた・1) skillful; skilled; proficient; good (at); adept; clever; (2) flattery; (place-name) Nobote


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bù mǐn
    bu4 min3
pu min
(noun or adjectival noun) (1) slowness; inertness; (noun or adjectival noun) (2) inability; lack of talent; dullness; stupidity
not clever; not clever


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zhōng gēn
    zhong1 gen1
chung ken
(place-name, surname) Nakane
Medium capacity, neither clever nor dull, of each of the six organs 六根; there are three powers of each organ 上根, 中根, and 下根; middling capacity


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guāi qiǎo
    guai1 qiao3
kuai ch`iao
    kuai chiao
clever (child); smart; lovable; cute



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guāi jué
    guai1 jue2
kuai chüeh
perceptive; alert; clever; shrewd



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èr yè
    er4 ye4
erh yeh
 nigyou / nigyo
(archaism) restaurants and geisha establishments
Two classes of karma. (1) (a) 引業 leads to the 總報, i.e. the award as to the species into which one is to be born, e.g. men, gods, etc.; (6) 滿業 is the 別報 or fulfillment in detail, i.e. the kind or quality of being e.g. clever or stupid, happy or unhappy, etc. (2) (a) 善業 and (b) 惡業 Good and evil karma, resulting in happiness or misery. (3) (a) 助業 Aids to the karma of being reborn in Amitābha's Pure—land e. g. offerings, chantings, etc.; (b) 正業 thought and invocation of Amitābha with undivided mind, as the direct method; two kinds of karmic activity


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líng lì
    ling2 li4
ling li
clever; witty; intelligent
(noun or adjectival noun) cleverness; sagacity

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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
Cleverbinmǐn / min3 / min
myou / myomiào / miao4 / miao
Those Who Understand are Clever, Those Who Know Themselves are Truly Wise知人者智自知者明zhī rén zhě zhì zì zhī zhě míng
zhi1 ren2 zhe3 zhi4 zi4 zhi1 zhe3 ming2
zhi ren zhe zhi zi zhi zhe ming
chih jen che chih tzu chih che ming

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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.

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