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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

This 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]".

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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lí míng / li2 ming2
li ming
 reimei / reme / れいめい
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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dàn / dan4
 tan / はじむ
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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/ hu1
daybreak; dawn; dusky; dim

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hán / han2
before daybreak; dawn about to break; (used in given names)

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chén / chen2
ch`en / chen
 shin / はやし
morning; dawn; daybreak
(surname) Hayashi
Dawn, morning; dawn

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xiǎo / xiao3
 yutaka / ゆたか
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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xiǎo / xiao3
 gyō / しょう
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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shǔ / shu3
 akebono / あけぼの
daybreak; dawn; the dawn of a new epoch (metaphor); Taiwan pr. [shu4]
dawn; daybreak; beginning; (given name) Sho


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 futsugyou / futsugyo / ふつぎょう (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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 yoake / よあけ (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 / てんめい
dawn; daybreak
(1) dawn; daybreak; (2) 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 / へいめい
(literary) dawn; daybreak; impartial and astute
(noun or adjectival noun) clear; simple; (personal name) Heimei


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 futsugyou / futsugyo / ふつぎょう (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 / そうぎょう (n-adv,n-t) daybreak; dawn


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 ake / あけ (n-t,adj-no,n-suf) (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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 akegarasu / あけがらす (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


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 gyoukaku / gyokaku / ぎょうかく (archaism) (obscure) sound of a horn announcing daybreak


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shǔ guāng / shu3 guang1
shu kuang
 shokou / shoko / しょこう
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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 shinonome / しののめ (archaism) daybreak; dawn; (place-name) Touun


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


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 maidan / まいだん (obscure) dawn; daybreak



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


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


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 akegarasu / あけがらす (1) daybreak sound of a crow; (2) (name of) poetry anthology; (personal name) Akegarasu

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