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9. Divine Grace
恩 is often translated as "kind act from above," as in "The Grace of God." This doesn't necessarily have to come from God. It could be a favor paid to you, or help that you received (or gave). Of course, you can decide for yourself whether the grace or favor given to you by a friend is actually a gift from God.
Other possible translations of this character:
Favor / favour, acts of kindness, merits, beneficial Influence, kindness, indebtedness, obligation, and benevolent influence.
天恩 is the deepest way to say "Heaven's Grace" or "God's Grace" in Chinese.
The first character means Heaven or sky (referring in this case to the domain of God).
The second character means grace, blessings, benevolence, favor/favour, acts of kindness, merits, or beneficial influence.
This title can also be defined as:
Blessings of Heaven, Favor of the Emperor, Divination's luckiest day, or blessings of nature. Note: When you see "Emperor" above, keep in mind that the Emperor, like the Pope is theoretically chosen by God, or seen as an emissary or conduit of God in ancient Asian culture. It would only be read that way in a certain context such as, "The Emperor, in his mercy, bestowed upon him Heaven's Grace and the prisoner was set free."
Note: Technically, this is a Japanese word too (pronounced "ten-on") but it's rarely used in Japan anymore. Therefore, this title is best if your audience is Chinese.
恩典 is one of several ways to express favor or grace in Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
This version can refer to an act of grace or the granting of a special privilege.
アメイジング・グレイス is the Japanese Katakana for Amazing Grace.
This phonetically sounds like the English, "Amazing Grace" but does not hold that meaning since it is a transliteration versus a translation.
Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
恩寵 means grace or favor in Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
In ancient China, this was a special favor bestowed from a ruler. It could also be the Emperor's generosity towards a favorite person or concubine.
Beyond elegant and exquisite elegance, this is also the word used to say "beautiful" or "marvelous" when referring to a work of art.
Can also be translated as exquisiteness, gracefulness.
Note: Not a commonly used word in Japanese.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Grace||恩||on||ēn / en1 / en|
|gé lěi sī|
ge2 lei3 si1
ge lei si
|ko lei ssu
|Grace||グレース||gureesu / guresu|
|Grace from Heaven|
Grace from God
|天恩||tiān ēn / tian1 en1 / tian en / tianen||t`ien en / tienen / tien en|
|Grace from Heaven|
Grace from God
|神の恩恵||kami no on kei|
|Amazing Grace||奇異恩典||qí yì ēn diǎn|
qi2 yi4 en1 dian3
qi yi en dian
|ch`i i en tien
chi i en tien
|恩典||on ten / onten||ēn diǎn / en1 dian3 / en dian / endian||en tien / entien|
|Amazing Grace||アメイジンググレイス||ameijingu gureisu|
|shi nin / shinin||shén yùn / shen2 yun4 / shen yun / shenyun||shen yün / shenyün|
|on chou / onchou / on cho / oncho||ēn chǒng / en1 chong3 / en chong / enchong||en ch`ung / enchung / en chung|
|Divine Grace||天佑||ten yuu / tenyuu / ten yu / tenyu||tiān yòu / tian1 you4 / tian you / tianyou||t`ien yu / tienyu / tien yu|
|美妙||bimyou / bimyo||měi miào / mei3 miao4 / mei miao / meimiao|
|Grace of God|
|神恵 / 神惠|
|shin kei / shinkei|
|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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