Daybreak in Chinese / Japanese...

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Dawn / Early Morning / Twilight

lí míng
rei mei
Dawn / Early Morning / Twilight Scroll

黎明 is the word that means dawn, early morning or daybreak in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

The Night is Darkest Before the Dawn

lí míng qián de hēi àn
The Night is Darkest Before the Dawn Scroll

黎明前的黑暗 is the most natural way to write, "The night is darkest before the dawn", in Chinese.

The words break down this way by meaning this way:
1.黎明 dawn / daybreak
2.前 before / in front / ago / former / previous / earlier / front
3.的 (possessive particle) / of
4.黑暗 dark / darkly / darkness

If you try to understand the Chinese word order and grammar, it's like, "Before dawn, is the darkest [time]".

These search terms might be related to Daybreak:

Asahi / Morning Sun


Dawn / Early Morning / Twilight

Faith is the Bird That Feels the Light When the Dawn is Still Dark

Morning Dew

Morning Sun


The Night is Darkest Before the Dawn

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Simple Dictionary Definition


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lí míng
    li2 ming2
li ming
 reimei / reme
The Night is Darkest Before the Dawn Scroll
dawn; daybreak
(1) daybreak; dawn; gray of the morning (grey); (2) dawn (of a new age); (female given name) Reimei

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dawn; morning; daybreak; day; dan, female roles in Chinese opera (traditionally played by specialized male actors)
(given name) Hajimu
Dawn; dawn

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daybreak; dawn; dusky; dim

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before daybreak; dawn about to break; (used in given names)

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morning; dawn; daybreak
(surname) Hayashi
Dawn, morning; dawn

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Japanese variant of 曉|晓
(out-dated or obsolete kana usage) dawn; daybreak; (1) dawn; daybreak; (2) event (e.g. "in the event of ..."); occasion; occurrence; (personal name) Yutaka

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 shou / sho
dawn; daybreak; to know; to let sb know; to make explicit
(out-dated kanji) (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) dawn; daybreak; (out-dated kanji) (1) dawn; daybreak; (2) event (e.g. "in the event of ..."); occasion; occurrence; (female given name) Shou
Dawn, shining, clear; to know, to make known; to awaken

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daybreak; dawn; the dawn of a new epoch (metaphor); Taiwan pr. [shu4]
dawn; daybreak; beginning; (given name) Sho


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 futsugyou / futsugyo
(irregular kanji usage) (n-adv,n-t) dawn; daybreak


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bàng liàng
    bang4 liang4
pang liang
dawn; daybreak


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sì shàng
    si4 shang4
ssu shang
The four times a day of going up to worship— daybreak, noon, evening, and midnight; four times of worship


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(irregular okurigana usage) dawn; daybreak; (p,s,f) Yoake


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tiān liàng
    tian1 liang4
t`ien liang
    tien liang
dawn; daybreak


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tiān míng
    tian1 ming2
t`ien ming
    tien ming
 tenmei / tenme
dawn; daybreak
(1) dawn; daybreak; (2) (hist) Tenmei era (1781.4.2-1789.1.25); (place-name, surname) Tenmei


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píng dàn
    ping2 dan4
p`ing tan
    ping tan
(literary) daybreak; dawn


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píng míng
    ping2 ming2
p`ing ming
    ping ming
 heimei / heme
(literary) dawn; daybreak; impartial and astute
(noun or adjectival noun) clear; simple; (personal name) Heimei


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 futsugyou / futsugyo
(n-adv,n-t) dawn; daybreak



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fú xiǎo
    fu2 xiao3
fu hsiao
daybreak; approach of dawn


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 sougyou / sogyo
(n,adv) daybreak; dawn


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(n,adj-no,n-suf,adv) (1) (ant: 暮れ・1) dawn; daybreak; (n-suf,n-pref) (2) end; soon after something has ended; (n-suf,n-pref) (3) beginning (of a new year, month, etc.)


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míng dàn
    ming2 dan4
ming tan
 myoutan; meitan / myotan; metan
    みょうたん; めいたん
(n,adv) (obsolete) (See 明朝・みょうちょう) tomorrow morning


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(1) daybreak sound of a crow; (2) (name of) poetry anthology


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mèi dàn
    mei4 dan4
mei tan
the time just before daybreak
(archaism) dawn; daybreak


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 gyoukaku / gyokaku
(archaism) (obscure) sound of a horn announcing daybreak


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shǔ guāng
    shu3 guang1
shu kuang
 shokou / shoko
dawn; fig. the dawn of a new era
(1) dawn; daybreak; first light of day; (2) (fig. as in 〜の曙光) first indication; glimpse; gleam; flash; prospects; (female given name) Hikari


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(archaism) daybreak; dawn; (place-name) Tōun


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qīng zǎo
    qing1 zao3
ch`ing tsao
    ching tsao
first thing in the morning; at daybreak


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(obscure) dawn; daybreak



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pò xiǎo
    po4 xiao3
p`o hsiao
    po hsiao
daybreak; dawn


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 keimei / keme
(1) (form) crowing of a cock; crowing of a rooster; (2) (form) cockcrow; dawn; daybreak; (3) (archaism) (See 丑の刻) hour of the Ox (around 2am)

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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
Early Morning
黎明rei mei / reimeilí míng / li2 ming2 / li ming / liming
The Night is Darkest Before the Dawn黎明前的黑暗lí míng qián de hēi àn
li2 ming2 qian2 de hei1 an4
li ming qian de hei an
li ming ch`ien te hei an
li ming chien te hei an

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The Night is Darkest Before the Dawn Scroll
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The Night is Darkest Before the Dawn Scroll
The Night is Darkest Before the Dawn Scroll

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