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節操 means honorable, integrity of principle, constancy, honor, and in a certain context, chastity.
Please note that there are a few ways to relay the idea of integrity in Asian languages, and more than one way to define honor in English. 節操 is far from the only way to express "honor and integrity."
操守 is the Chinese and Japanese Kanji for personal integrity, constancy, fidelity, and honor/honour.
The original meaning of the first character is chastity, fidelity, honor/honour, and/or faith.
The second character means to defend, guard, keep watch, be observant.
So, this is about being observant of, and guarding your integrity and honor.
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.
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.
Loyalty is staying true to someone. It is standing up for something you believe in without wavering. It is being faithful to your family, country, school, friends or ideals, when the going gets tough as well as when things are good. With loyalty, you build relationships that last forever.
1. This written form of loyalty is universal in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
2. There is also a Japanese version that is part of the Bushido Code which may be more desirable depending on whether your intended audience is Japanese or Chinese.
3. This version of loyalty is sometimes translated as devotion, sincerity, fidelity, or allegiance.
This Chinese idiom/proverb speaks of being above bribes, and not losing face or honor for a short-term gain. Some may also translate the perceived meaning as, "high-hearted," or "integrity beyond reproach."
The more literal meaning is "Do not bow down for the sake of five pecks of rice."
This is a word list that was requested by a customer. Word lists are not that common in Chinese but we've put this one on the best order/context to make it as natural as possible.
We used the "honor" that leans toward the definition of "dignity" since that seemed like the best match for the other two words.
Please note: These are three two-character words. You should choose the single-column format when you get to the options when you order this selection. The two-column option would split one word or it would be arranged with four characters on one side and two on the other.
This simultaneously means "sense of honor" and "sense of shame" in Korean.
This term is often used as a tenet of Taekwondo where the English terms "integrity" and/or "modesty" are applied.
廉恥 is also a Chinese word, though it is usually read with the "sense of shame" meaning, and is a poor choice for a wall scroll if your audience is Chinese.
Integrity is living by your highest values. It is being honest and sincere. Integrity helps you to listen to your conscience, to do the right thing, and to tell the truth. You act with integrity when your words and actions match. Integrity gives you self-respect and a peaceful heart.
Please note that the second Kanji sometimes has an alternate form in Japanese. Let us know if you want the alternate form shown to the right.
Note: This entry is cross-listed as "honesty" because it also fits that definition.
Beyond Integrity, this word also means "upright" and "honest" in Chinese. Means "integrity," "honesty" or "frankness" in Japanese.
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Honor and Integrity||節操|
|sessou / seso||jié cāo / jie2 cao1 / jie cao / jiecao||chieh ts`ao / chiehtsao / chieh tsao|
|操守||soushu / soshu||cāo shǒu / cao1 shou3 / cao shou / caoshou||ts`ao shou / tsaoshou / tsao shou|
尊严 / 尊厳
|son gen / songen||zūn yán / zun1 yan2 / zun yan / zunyan||tsun yen / tsunyen|
|chuu sei / chuusei / chu sei / chusei||zhōng chéng|
|Having High Principles||不為五斗米折腰|
|bù wèi wǔ dǒu mǐ zhé yāo|
bu4 wei4 wu3 dou3 mi3 zhe2 yao1
bu wei wu dou mi zhe yao
|pu wei wu tou mi che yao
|Fidelity Honor Courage||信義尊嚴勇氣|
|xìn yì zūn yán yǒng qì|
xin4 yi4 zun1 yan2 yong3 qi4
xin yi zun yan yong qi
|hsin i tsun yen yung ch`i
hsin i tsun yen yung chi
|Sense of Shame|
Sense of Honor
|ren chi / renchi||lián chǐ / lian2 chi3 / lian chi / lianchi||lien ch`ih / lienchih / lien chih|
|Integrity||正直||shoujiki / shojiki||zhèng zhí|
|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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