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Dignity in Chinese / Japanese...

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Dignity / Honor / Sanctity / Integrity

China zūn yán
Japan son gen
Dignity / Honor / Sanctity / Integrity Vertical Wall Scroll

This form of honor is showing great respect for yourself, other people, and the rules you live by.

When you are honorable, you keep your word. You do the right thing regardless of what others are doing.

尊嚴 is the kind of personal honor or dignity that is of great value. If you lose this, you have lost yourself and perhaps the reputation of your family as well.

While this is not directly the same thing as "face" or "saving face" in Asian culture, it is associated with the same concept in China.

厳In Japan, they currently use a more simplified second character for this word. The ancient Japanese form is the same as China but after WWII some Kanji were changed. If you want the modern Japanese version, just click on the Kanji image shown to the right, instead of the button above.

Death with Dignity

Japan son gen shi
Death with Dignity Vertical Wall Scroll

This was added at the request of a customer. 尊厳死 is not a good choice for a wall scroll unless you have a very specific and personal reason.

尊厳死 means "death with dignity" or "natural death" (as opposed to extending one's life unnaturally with life support).


China zì zūn
HK chi juen
Japan jison
Pride Vertical Wall Scroll

自尊 can mean "pride," "self-respect" or "self-esteem." The first character means "oneself" and the second can mean revered, valuable, precious, noble, exalted, honorable or simply "pride."

I have also seen this two-character word translated as "amour propre," self-regard, and self-pride.

自尊 is universal between Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja written languages. It may also be understood in old Vietnamese (they once used Chinese characters as well).

Self-Respect / Self-Esteem

China zì zūn
Japan jison
Self-Respect / Self-Esteem Vertical Wall Scroll

自尊 means self-respect or self-esteem in Chinese, Korean and Japanese. It can also mean "pride in oneself."

Note: Japanese sometimes put the character for heart after these two. However, this two-character word is universal between all three languages (which is often better since more than a third of the world's population can read this version as a native word).

Prideful Mind / Self-Respecting Heart

China zì zūn xīn
Japan ji son shin
Prideful Mind / Self-Respecting Heart Vertical Wall Scroll

This Japanese and Korean word means "pride" or "self-respect."

The first Kanji/Hanja means oneself. The second can mean revered, valuable, precious, noble or exalted. And the last Kanji/Hanja means heart, mind and/or spirit.

While these characters make sense and hold the same general meaning in Chinese, this is not a normal Chinese word. This selection should only be used if your audience is Japanese or Korean.

See Also:  Respect | Pride | Self-Reliance | Self-Control | Self-Discipline

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Chinese dignity; sanctity; honor; majesty


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Japanese songenshi / そんげんし
Prideful Mind / Self-Respecting Heart Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese death with dignity; natural death (as opposed to extending one's life unnaturally with life support)

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Mandarin pǐn / pin3
Taiwan p`in / pin
Japanese hon / ほん    hin / ひん
Chinese article; commodity; product; goods; kind; grade; rank; character; disposition; nature; temperament; variety; to taste something; to sample; to criticize; to comment; to judge; to size up; fret (on a guitar or lute)
Japanese (1) court rank; (suffix) (2) {Buddh} (sometimes pronounced ぼん, ぽん as a suffix) (See 九品・1) level; grade; (3) {Buddh} chapter; section; volume; (1) elegance; grace; refinement; class; dignity; (suffix) (2) article; item; (suf,ctr) (3) (sometimes pronounced ぴん) counter for items (of food, etc.); counter for dishes or courses (at a restaurant); (surname) Shina
varga, 跋渠 class, series, rank, character; a chapter of a sutra; type

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Japanese i / い Chinese power; might; prestige
Japanese power; authority; might; influence; dignity; majesty; (personal name) Tsuyoshi; (given name) Takeru; (given name) Takeshi; (surname, given name) Take; (personal name) I
prabhāva. Awe-inspiring majesty; also 威力 and 威神力.

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Japanese you / yo / よう    yutori / ゆとり    yutaka / ゆたか    hiroshi / ひろし    iruru / いるる Chinese to hold; to contain; to allow; to tolerate; appearance; look; countenance; surname Rong
Japanese (1) (archaism) countenance; visage; (2) face; honor (honour); dignity; (1) form; shape; figure; (2) visage; (surname, female given name) You; (given name) Yutori; (personal name) Yutaka; (given name) Hiroshi; (female given name) Iruru
Contain; bear; allow; bearing, face, looks; easy; to put in

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Mandarin yán / yan2
Taiwan yen
Japanese yan / やん    gan / がん    kao / かお    ka / か
Chinese Japanese variant of 顏|颜[yan2]
Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) face; visage; (2) look; expression; countenance; (1) (archaism) countenance; visage; (2) face; honor (honour); dignity; (1) face; visage; (2) look; expression; countenance; (3) honor; honour; face; (4) influence; notoriety; (personal name) Yan; (surname, given name) Gan; (surname) Ka


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Mandarin bù xiè / bu4 xie4
Taiwan pu hsieh
Chinese to disdain to do something; to think something not worth doing; to feel it beneath one's dignity


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Mandarin rén gé / ren2 ge2
Taiwan jen ko
Japanese jinkaku / じんかく
Chinese personality; integrity; dignity
Japanese personality; character; individuality; personhood


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Japanese koken / こけん Japanese (1) dignity; credit; public estimation; face; honor; reputation; (2) (archaism) deed of sale (for a land, forest or house); (3) (archaism) sale value; selling price


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Japanese taimen / たいめん Japanese honour; honor; dignity; prestige; reputation; appearances


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Japanese neuchi / ねうち Japanese (noun/participle) value; worth; price; dignity


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Japanese iyou / iyo / いよう Japanese dignity; majestic appearance


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Mandarin pǐn wèi / pin3 wei4
Taiwan p`in wei / pin wei
Japanese hini / ひんい
Chinese rank; grade; quality; (aesomethingetic) taste
Japanese (1) dignity; grace; nobility; (2) grade; quality; fineness; carat; karat


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Mandarin pǐn gé / pin3 ge2
Taiwan p`in ko / pin ko
Japanese hinkaku / ひんかく
Chinese one's character; fret (on fingerboard of lute or guitar)
Japanese dignity; quality; grace; panache; level



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Mandarin sàng jìn / sang4 jin4
Taiwan sang chin
Chinese to completely lose (one's dignity, vitality etc)


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Mandarin qì liàng / qi4 liang4
Taiwan ch`i liang / chi liang
Japanese kiryou / kiryo / きりょう
Chinese tolerance
Japanese (1) looks; features; personal beauty; (2) ability; talent; calibre; caliber; capability; capacity; (3) dignity; credit; estimation


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Japanese ishin / いしん Chinese prestige; reputation; trust; credit with the people; Weixin county in Zhaotong 昭通[Zhao1 tong1], Yunnan
Japanese prestige; dignity; (personal name) Takemasa; (male given name) Takenobu; (personal name) Takanobu



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Japanese igi / いぎ Chinese majestic presence; awe-inspiring manner
Japanese dignity; majesty; dignified manner
Respect-inspiring deportment; dignity, i.e. in walking, standing, sitting, lying. There are said to be 3,000 and also 8,000 forms of such deportment.


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Japanese igen / いげん Japanese dignity; majesty; solemnity; gravity



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Chinese dignified; imposing; august; awe-inspiring; awe; prestige; dignity


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Japanese iyou / iyo / いよう Chinese grave and dignified
Japanese dignity; majestic appearance
dignified appearance



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Japanese ifuu / ifu / いふう Chinese might; awe-inspiring authority; impressive
Japanese majesty; dignity; (female given name) Ikaze


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Japanese songen / そんげん Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) dignity; majesty; sanctity


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Japanese sutaru / すたる Japanese (v5r,vi) (1) (See 廃れる・すたれる) to go out of use; to become obsolete; to die out; to go out of fashion; (Godan verb with "ru" ending) (2) to become lost (e.g. of dignity); to be sullied


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Mandarin bān huí / ban1 hui2
Taiwan pan hui
Chinese to pull back; to regain (one's dignity etc); to recover from (an adverse situation); to turn the tables


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Japanese kihin / きひん Japanese (1) elegance; refinement; grace; dignity; (2) aroma


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Japanese kiin / kin / きいん Japanese dignity; refinement


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Japanese koken / こけん    uriken / うりけん Japanese (1) dignity; credit; public estimation; face; honor; reputation; (2) (archaism) deed of sale (for a land, forest or house); (3) (archaism) sale value; selling price; (archaism) certificate of sale; deed of sale


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Japanese kinji / きんじ    kyouji / kyoji / きょうじ Japanese pride; dignity; self-respect


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Mandarin jīn chí / jin1 chi2
Taiwan chin ch`ih / chin chih
Japanese kinji / きんじ    kyouji / kyoji / きょうじ
Chinese reserved; aloof
Japanese pride; dignity; self-respect

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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
尊严 / 尊厳
son gen / songenzūn yán / zun1 yan2 / zun yan / zunyantsun yen / tsunyen
Death with Dignity尊厳死son gen shi
Pride自尊jisonzì zūn / zi4 zun1 / zi zun / zizuntzu tsun / tzutsun
自尊jisonzì zūn / zi4 zun1 / zi zun / zizuntzu tsun / tzutsun
Prideful Mind
Self-Respecting Heart
自尊心ji son shin
zì zūn xīn
zi4 zun1 xin1
zi zun xin
tzu tsun hsin
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