Giri in Chinese / Japanese...

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(obligation or duty in Japanese)

yì lǐ
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This term means an obligation or a sense of duty that one may have to their employer, country or culture.

義理 is a specifically Japanese term, as in Chinese, these two characters form a word that means "religious doctrine" or refers to the argument presented in an essay.

This term has a similar meaning in Korean where is can be translated as justice, sense of duty, loyalty, integrity or obligation.

義理 is kind of a weird selection for a wall scroll. So this entry is intended more for educational purposes.

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Simple Dictionary Definition



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yì lǐ
    yi4 li3
i li

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doctrine (esp. religious); argumentation (in a speech or essay)
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) duty; sense of duty; honor; honour; decency; courtesy; debt of gratitude; social obligation; (can be adjective with の) (2) in-law; relation by marriage; (given name) Yoshimasa


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(personal name) Gili; Giri


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(surname) Giri



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yí lǐ
    yi2 li3
i li



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yì lǐ
    yi4 li3
i li


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 girii / giri
gillie (shoe); ghillie; (personal name) Gillie



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wú yì lì
    wu2 yi4 li4
wu i li
 mu giri



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yì lǐ chán
    yi4 li3 chan2
i li ch`an
    i li chan
 giri zen
theoretical Chan; Seon



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yī qiè yì lì
    yi1 qie4 yi4 li4
i ch`ieh i li
    i chieh i li
 issai giri
all kinds of benefit



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shén shēn yì lǐ
    shen2 shen1 yi4 li3
shen shen i li
 shinshin giri
profound meaning



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sà duō qí lí
    sa4 duo1 qi2 li2
sa to ch`i li
    sa to chi li
Name of a demon king, intp. as a deva of great strength or power; Śāta-giri



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néng jiě shén shēn yì lǐ mì yì
    neng2 jie3 shen2 shen1 yi4 li3 mi4 yi4
neng chieh shen shen i li mi i
 nōge jinjin giri mitsui
able to understand the extremely profound import and the hidden meaning


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 giriisuutsu; girii suutsu / girisutsu; giri sutsu
    ギリースーツ; ギリー・スーツ
ghillie suit

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
giriyì lǐ / yi4 li3 / yi li / yilii li / ili
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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