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Eye for an eye

China yǐ yǎn huán yǎn
Eye for an eye Vertical Wall Scroll

This same proverb seems to be used in virtually every language and culture around the world. Whether you are Arab, Persian, Jewish, European, British, Asian, or American, this proverb is well known as the "original form of justice."

Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth

China yǐ yá huán yá yǐ yǎn huán yǎn
Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth Vertical Wall Scroll

Here's the full proverb, with the first and second parts.

However, in Chinese, it's more natural to put the "tooth" part first, so this more accurately reads "Tooth for a tooth, eye for an eye."

If revenge is important to you, I suppose this is the phase you want on your wall.

Islam

(phonetic version)
China yī sī lán jiào
Islam Vertical Wall Scroll

This both means and sounds like "Islam" in Mandarin Chinese.

The first three characters sound like the word "Islam," and the last character means "religion" or "teaching." It's the most general term for "Islam" in China. The highest concentration of Muslims in China is Xinjiang (the vast region in northwest China that was called The East Turkistan Republic until 1949 and is sometimes called Chinese Turkistan, Uyghuristan). Here you will find Uygurs, Kazakhs, and Kyrgyz and others that are descendants of Turkmen (possibly mixed with Persians and Arabs). Many of their ancestors were traders who traveled the silk road to buy and sell spices, silk, and exchange other goods from the Orient and the Middle East.

I spent some time in Xinjiang and got to know this community. They are strong people who can endure much. They are friendly and love to have a good time. I was a stranger but treated by villagers (near China's border with Afghanistan) as if I was a good friend.
However, I have heard that it's best not to cross them, as in this land, the law is the blade, and everything is "eye for an eye." The Chinese government has little control in Xinjiang with almost no police officers except in the capital of Urumqi (so it's a 60-hour roundtrip train ride to seek the aid of law enforcement in most cases).

While few seem to be devout, there are at least small mosques in every village. And you will never see a man or woman outside without a head covering.

It should be noted that these people are all citizens of China, but they are officially of the Caucasian race. A visit to Xinjiang will change your idea what it means to be Chinese.

Tooth for a tooth

China yǐ yá huán yá
Tooth for a tooth Vertical Wall Scroll

This phase often goes with "An eye for an eye," even in Chinese. Revenge seems to cross all languages, cultures, and even species (animals are known to take revenge too).

If a Chinese person uses just one part of the full proverb, it will be this "tooth for a tooth" one. Although, we are more likely to say "eye for an eye" alone in English.

Chinese people may also read this with a meaning of "Bite me and I will bite you back." However, it literally means "tooth for a tooth" or "you take my tooth, I take yours."

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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin yǎn / yan3
Taiwan yen
Japanese manako / まなこ
Tooth for a tooth Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese eye; small hole; crux (of a matter); CL:隻|只[zhi1],雙|双[shuang1]; classifier for big hollow things (wells, stoves, pots etc)
Japanese (1) eye; eyeball; (2) (archaism) pupil and (dark) iris of the eye; (3) (archaism) insight; perceptivity; power of observation; (4) (archaism) look; field of vision; (5) (archaism) core; center; centre; essence; (surname) Mesaki; (female given name) Manako
cakṣuh, the eye.

佛眼

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Mandarin fó yǎn / fo2 yan3
Taiwan fo yen
Japanese butsugen
The eye of Buddha, the enlightened one who sees all and is omniscient; Buddha-eye

以眼還眼


以眼还眼

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Mandarin yǐ yǎn huán yǎn / yi3 yan3 huan2 yan3
Taiwan i yen huan yen
Chinese an eye for an eye (idiom); fig. to use the enemy's methods against him; to give sb a taste of his own medicine

情人眼裡出西施


情人眼里出西施

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Mandarin qíng rén yǎn lǐ chū xī shī / qing2 ren2 yan3 li3 chu1 xi1 shi1
Taiwan ch`ing jen yen li ch`u hsi shih / ching jen yen li chu hsi shih
Chinese lit. in the eyes of a lover appears 西施[Xi1 shi1] (idiom); fig. beauty is in the eye of the beholder

百聞は一見に如かず

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Japanese hyakubunhaikkennishikazu / ひゃくぶんはいっけんにしかず
Tooth for a tooth Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (expression) seeing is believing; one eye-witness is better than many hearsays; a picture is worth a thousand words

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Mandarin jìng / jing4
Taiwan ching
Japanese sakai / さかい    kyou / kyo / きょう
Chinese border; place; condition; boundary; circumstances; territory
Japanese (1) border; boundary; (2) turning point; watershed; (3) area; region; spot; space; environment; (4) psychological state; mental state; (1) border; boundary; (2) area; region; spot; space; environment; (3) psychological state; mental state; (4) (Buddhist term) cognitive object; something perceptible by the sense organs or mind; (surname) Sakae; (surname) Sakai; (surname) Kyou
viṣaya; artha; gocara. A region, territory, environment, surroundings, area, field, sphere, e.g. the sphere of mind, the sphere of form for the eye, of sound for the ear, etc.; any objective mental projection regarded as reality; [cognitive] object

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Japanese tsubo / つぼ    tsuho / つほ    tsufu / つふ    ko / こ Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) jar; pot; vase; (2) dice cup; (3) depression (i.e. the basin of a waterfall); (4) (archaism) target (when aiming an arrow); (5) (kana only) (figurative) bull's-eye; (6) (kana only) key point (of a conversation, etc.); (7) (kana only) acupuncture point; moxibustion point; (8) (kana only) nodes on a fingerboard (of a shamisen, etc.); hu (ancient Chinese vessel shaped like a vase, usually used to store alcohol); (surname) Tsubo


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Mandarin/ hu2
Taiwan hu
Japanese tsubo / つぼ    tsuho / つほ    tsufu / つふ    ko / こ
Chinese pot; classifier for bottled liquid
Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) jar; pot; vase; (2) dice cup; (3) depression (i.e. the basin of a waterfall); (4) (archaism) target (when aiming an arrow); (5) (kana only) (figurative) bull's-eye; (6) (kana only) key point (of a conversation, etc.); (7) (kana only) acupuncture point; moxibustion point; (8) (kana only) nodes on a fingerboard (of a shamisen, etc.); hu (ancient Chinese vessel shaped like a vase, usually used to store alcohol); (surname) Tsubosaki; (place-name) Tsubo


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Mandarin kǔn / kun3
Taiwan k`un / kun
Japanese tsubo / つぼ    tsuho / つほ    tsufu / つふ
Chinese palace corridor; fig. women's quarters; women
Japanese (irregular kanji usage) (1) jar; pot; vase; (2) dice cup; (3) depression (i.e. the basin of a waterfall); (4) (archaism) target (when aiming an arrow); (5) (kana only) (figurative) bull's-eye; (6) (kana only) key point (of a conversation, etc.); (7) (kana only) acupuncture point; moxibustion point; (8) (kana only) nodes on a fingerboard (of a shamisen, etc.); (irregular kanji usage) (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) jar; pot; vase; (2) dice cup; (3) depression (i.e. the basin of a waterfall); (4) (archaism) target (when aiming an arrow); (5) (kana only) (figurative) bull's-eye; (6) (kana only) key point (of a conversation, etc.); (7) (kana only) acupuncture point; moxibustion point; (8) (kana only) nodes on a fingerboard (of a shamisen, etc.)

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Mandarin gēn / gen1
Taiwan ken
Japanese ne / ね    kon / こん
Chinese root; basis; classifier for long slender objects, e.g. cigarettes, guitar strings; CL:條|条[tiao2]; radical (chemistry)
Japanese (1) root (of a plant); (2) root (of a tooth, hair, etc.); center (of a pimple, etc.); (3) root (of all evil, etc.); source; origin; cause; basis; (4) one's true nature; (5) (fishing) reef; (1) stick-to-itiveness; perseverance; persistence; (2) (See 基・き・1) radical (esp. one that tends to ionize easily); (3) {math} root; (4) {Buddh} indriya (faculty of the body having a specific function, i.e. the sensory organs); (personal name) Nemawari; (personal name) Nemawashi; (personal name) Nene; (surname) Nezaki; (surname) Nesaki; (place-name) Ne; (surname) Konzaki; (surname) Kon; (surname) Kotakane
mūla, a root, basis, origin; but when meaning an organ of sense, indriyam, a 'power', 'faculty of sense, sense, organ of sense'. M.W. A root, or source; that which is capable of producing or growing, as the eye is able to produce knowledge, as faith is able to bring forth good works, as human nature is able to produce good or evil karma. v. 五根 and 二十二根.

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Mandarin mù // móu / mu4 // mou2
Taiwan mu // mou
Japanese mu / む
Chinese barley; to moo; to seek or obtain; old variant of 侔[mou2]; old variant of 眸[mou2]; see 牟平[Mu4 ping2]; surname Mou
Japanese (surname) Mu
To low (as an ox); overpass; barley; a grain vessel; weevil; eye-pupil; translit. mu, ma.

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Mandarin/ mu4
Taiwan mu
Japanese moku / もく
Chinese eye; item; section; list; catalogue; table of contents; order (taxonomy); goal; name; title
Japanese (1) {biol} order; (2) item (of a budget revision, etc.); (counter) (3) (See 囲碁) counter for go pieces; counter for surrounded positions (in go); (surname) Mokuzaki; (surname) Moku; (personal name) Metsugi; (surname) Mezaki; (surname) Mesaki; (surname) Me; (female given name) Manako; (surname) Satsuka; (surname) Sakka; (female given name) Sagan; (surname) Sagami; (surname) Sakan
cakṣṣuḥ, the eye; the organ of vision; the head or chief; translit. ma, mu.

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Mandarin miǎo / miao3
Taiwan miao
Japanese sugame / すがめ
Chinese blind in one eye; blind; tiny; humble; to stare
Japanese squint eye; cross-eye; strabismus

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Mandarin shěng / sheng3
Taiwan sheng
Chinese cataract of the eye; error


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Mandarin/ zi4
Taiwan tzu
Japanese manajiri / まなじり
Chinese corner of the eye; canthus; eye socket
Japanese corner of the eye

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Mandarin/ zi4
Taiwan tzu
Japanese manajiri / まなじり
Chinese variant of 眥|眦[zi4]
Japanese corner of the eye

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Mandarin kuàng / kuang4
Taiwan k`uang / kuang
Chinese eye socket

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Mandarin móu / mou2
Taiwan mou
Japanese hitomi / ひとみ
Chinese pupil (of the eye); eye
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) pupil (of eye); (2) eye; (personal name) Mu; (personal name) Bou; (surname, female given name) Hitomi

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Mandarin/ ya2
Taiwan ya
Chinese corner of the eye; to stare

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Mandarin jīng / jing1
Taiwan ching
Japanese hitomi / ひとみ
Chinese eye; eyeball
Japanese (female given name) Hitomi

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Mandarin suì / sui4
Taiwan sui
Chinese bright eye; clear

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Mandarin zhàng / zhang4
Taiwan chang
Chinese cataract in the eye


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Mandarin/ yi4
Taiwan i
Japanese ei
Chinese variant of 翳[yi4]
timira, an affection of the eye, eye-film, cataract, dim sight, blindness; cataracts

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Mandarin tóng / tong2
Taiwan t`ung / tung
Japanese hitomi / ひとみ
Chinese pupil of the eye
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) pupil (of eye); (2) eye; (female given name) Manami; (surname, female given name) Hitomi; (personal name) Dou; (surname) Tou; (female given name) Akira; (female given name) Ai

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Mandarin zhī / zhi1
Taiwan chih
Japanese yani;yani / やに;ヤニ
Chinese fat; rouge (cosmetics); resin
Japanese (1) resin; (2) (tobacco) resin; tar; nicotine; (3) sleep (in one's eyes, i.e. eye mucus)
Fat, lard; soapstone; wealth; translit. ci, cai; see 支.


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Mandarin zhì // shí / zhi4 // shi2
Taiwan chih // shih
Japanese shiki / しき
Chinese to record; to write a footnote; to know; knowledge; Taiwan pr. [shi4]
Japanese (1) acquaintanceship; (2) {Buddh} vijnana; consciousness; (3) (after a signature) written by...; (personal name) Tsuguhide; (female given name) Shiki; (given name) Satoru; (female given name) Sato
vijñāna, "the art of distinguishing, or perceiving, or recognizing, discerning, understanding, comprehending, distinction, intelligence, knowledge, science, learning . . . wisdom." M.W. parijñāna, "perception, thorough knowledge," etc. M.W. It is intp. by 心 the mind, mental discernment, perception, in contrast with the object discerned; also by 了別 understanding and discrimination. There are classifications of 一識 that all things are the one mind, or are metaphysical; 二識 q. v. discriminating the ālaya-vijñāna or primal undivided condition from the mano-vijñāna or that of discrimination; 三識 in the Laṅkāvatāra Sutra, fundamental, manifested and discriminate; 五識 q.v. in the 起信論, i.e. 業, 轉, 現, 知, and 相續識; 六識 the perceptions and discernings of the six organs of sense; also of 8, 9, 10, and 11 識. The most important is the eight of the 起信論, i.e. the perceptions of the six organs of sense, eye, ear, nose, tongue, body (or touch), and mind, together with manas, intp. as 意識 the consciousness of the previous moment, on which the other six depend; the eighth is the ālaya-vijñāna, v. 阿賴耶, in which is contained the seed or stock of all phenomena and which 無沒 loses none, or nothing, is indestructible; a substitute for the seventh is ādāna 'receiving' of the 唯識, which is intp. as 無解 undiscriminated, or indefinite perception; there is a difference of view between the 相 and the 性 schools in regard to the seventh and eight 識; and the latter school add a ninth called the amala, or pure vijñāna, i.e. the non-phenomenal 眞如識. The esoterics add that all phenomena are mental and all things are the one mind, hence the one mind is 無量識 unlimited mind or knowledge, every kind of knowledge, or omniscience. vijñāna is one of the twelve nidānas.; Ālaya-vijñāna and mano-vijñāna; i. e. 阿梨耶 | and 分別事 |; v. 識.

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Mandarin qiōng / qiong1
Taiwan ch`iung / chiung
Chinese eye of an axe


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Mandarin hú // gǔ / hu2 // gu3
Taiwan hu // ku
Japanese kugui;kukui(ok) / くぐい;くくい(ok)
Chinese swan; center or bull's eye of an archery target (old); goal; target
Japanese (archaism) (See 白鳥・はくちょう・1) swan; (place-name) Kugui


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Mandarin jiān / jian1
Taiwan chien
Chinese mythical bird with one eye and one wing; see also 鰈鶼|鲽鹣[die2 jian1]

お目

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Japanese ome / おめ Japanese (1) (honorific or respectful language) eye; eyes; (2) sight; vision; looking
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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Eye for an eye以眼還眼
以眼还眼
yǐ yǎn huán yǎn
yi3 yan3 huan2 yan3
yi yan huan yan
yiyanhuanyan
i yen huan yen
iyenhuanyen
Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth以牙還牙以眼還眼
以牙还牙以眼还眼
yǐ yá huán yá yǐ yǎn huán yǎn
yi3 ya2 huan2 ya2 yi3 yan3 huan2 yan3
yi ya huan ya yi yan huan yan
yiyahuanyayiyanhuanyan
i ya huan ya i yen huan yen
iyahuanyaiyenhuanyen
Islam伊斯蘭教
伊斯兰教
yī sī lán jiào
yi1 si1 lan2 jiao4
yi si lan jiao
yisilanjiao
i ssu lan chiao
issulanchiao
Tooth for a tooth以牙還牙
以牙还牙
yǐ yá huán yá
yi3 ya2 huan2 ya2
yi ya huan ya
yiyahuanya
i ya huan ya
iyahuanya
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