Intense in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Extreme / Intense

  2. Intense / Serious

  3. Intense / Serious / Deep / Profound

  4. Fierce

  5. Ardent / Fierce

  6. Intensity

Extreme / Intense

 jí dù
Extreme / Intense Scroll

極度 means extreme, intense, and sometimes maximum or zenith depending on context.

The first character means extremely or utmost.

The second character means degree or capacity.

Intense / Serious

 shin ken
Intense / Serious Scroll

真剣 is a Japanese word that means intense, serious, or earnest. It describes a person who is deep, serious, and a true thinker or dreamer.

Literally, this means “true sword,” as compared to a sharpened wooden practice sword blank. It's real, true, and serious.

Intense / Serious / Deep / Profound

 shēn kè
 shinkoku / misa
Intense / Serious / Deep / Profound Scroll

深刻 is a Chinese word that is the form of intense that describes a person who is deep, serious, and a true thinker.

If you find yourself contemplating the world and coming up with profound ideas, this might be the word for you. In some contexts (especially Korean), it can mean seriousness, gravity, or acuteness.

In Japanese, this can mean “serious problem” or can be a rare given name, Misa. You should not use this if your audience is Japanese.

 jī liè
 geki retsu
Fierce Scroll

激烈 means fierce in Chinese and has a similar meaning in Japanese Kanji.

This can also be translated as intense, violent, vehement, furious, or fervent. 激烈 is more the violent version of fierce in Korean.

Ardent / Fierce

Ardent / Fierce Scroll

烈 is a Chinese word that means ardent; intense; fierce; stern; upright; to give one's life for a noble cause.

In another context, this character can refer to one's exploits or achievements.

In the Buddhist context, this is burning, fierce, virtuous, and/or heroic.

While technically, it had the same meaning in Japanese, it's usually a female given name, Retsu in Japanese these days.

 qiáng liè
Intensity Scroll

強烈 means intensity in regard to strength.

Note: In some contexts, this can mean violently strong or severe.

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to set; to fix; to determine; to decide; to order
(1) (See 案の定・あんのじょう) certainty; reality; actuality; (prefix noun) (2) (See 定宿) regular; permanent; (3) {Buddh} (See 三昧・さんまい・1,禅定・ぜんじょう・1) samadhi (state of intense concentration achieved through meditation); (given name) Yasushi
To fix, settle. samādhi. 'Composing the mind'; 'intent contemplation'; 'perfect absorption of thought into the one object of meditation.' M. W. Abstract meditation, the mind fixed in one direction, or field. (1) 散定 scattered or general meditation (in the world of desire). (2) 禪定 abstract meditation (in the realms of form and beyond form). It is also one of the five attributes of the dharmakāya 法身, i. e. an internal state of imperturbability or tranquility, exempt from all external sensations, 超受陰; cf. 三摩提; to establish

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Ardent / Fierce
ardent; intense; fierce; stern; upright; to give one's life for a noble cause; exploits; achievements
(female given name) Retsu
Burning, fierce; virtuous, heroic; burning


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sān mèi
    san1 mei4
san mei

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Samadhi (Buddhist term)
(1) (さんまい only) {Buddh} samadhi (state of intense concentration achieved through meditation) (san:); (suffix noun) (2) (usu. ざんまい) being immersed in; being absorbed in; indulging in; doing to one's heart's content; (suffix noun) (3) (usu. ざんまい) prone to; apt to; (given name) Sanmai
(三昧地) Samādhi, "putting together, composing the mind, intent contemplation, perfect absorption, union of the meditator with the object of meditation." (M. W.) Also 三摩地 (三摩提, 三摩帝, 三摩底). Interpreted by 定 or 正定, the mind fixed and undisturbed; by 正受 correct sensation of the object contemplated; by 調直定 ordering and fixing the mind; by 正心行處 the condition when the motions of the mind are steadied and harmonized with the object; by 息慮凝心 the cessation of distraction and the fixation of the mind; by 等持 the mind held in equilibrium; by 奢摩他, i.e. 止息 to stay the breathing. It is described as concentration of the mind (upon an object). The aim is 解脫, mukti, deliverance from all the trammels of life, the bondage of the passions and reincarnations. It may pass from abstraction to ecstasy, or rapture, or trance. Dhyāna 定 represents a simpler form of contemplation; samāpatti 三摩鉢底 a stage further advanced; and samādhi the highest stage of the Buddhist equivalent for Yoga, though Yoga is considered by some as a Buddhist development differing from samādhi. The 翻譯名義 says: 思專 when the mind has been concentrated, then 志一不分 the will is undivided; when 想寂 active thought has been put to rest, then 氣虛神朗 the material becomes etherealized and the spirit liberated, on which 智 knowledge, or the power to know, has free course, and there is no mystery into which it cannot probe. Cf. 智度論 5, 20, 23, 28; 止觀 2; 大乘義章 2, 9, 1 3, 20, etc. There are numerous kinds and degrees of samādhi; (Skt. samādhi)


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rù dìng
    ru4 ding4
ju ting
 nyuujou / nyujo

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Zen Contemplation
(Buddhism) to enter a meditative state
(n,vs,vi) (1) {Buddh} (ant: 出定) entering a state of intense concentration; (n,vs,vi) (2) death (of a high-ranking priest); (place-name) Nyuujou
To enter into meditation by tranquillizing the body, mouth (i.e. lips), and mind, 身口意; to enter into concentration


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(adjective) (1) strong; potent; competent; domineering; tough; (adjective) (2) strong; brawny; powerful; healthy; rugged; (adjective) (3) good (at); skilled; knowledgeable; (adjective) (4) (as 〜に強い) being able to handle; know how to deal (with); durable (against); resistant (to); resilient; (adjective) (5) firm; rigid; solid; (adjective) (6) intense; strong; fierce; high; (adjective) (7) dependable; trustworthy



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qiáng liè
    qiang2 lie4
ch`iang lieh
    chiang lieh
 kyouretsu / kyoretsu

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intense; (violently) strong
(noun or adjectival noun) strong; intense; severe


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jī liè
    ji1 lie4
chi lieh

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(of competition or fighting) intense; fierce; (of pain) acute; (of an expression of opinion) impassioned; vehement; (of a course of action) drastic; extreme
(noun or adjectival noun) violence; vehemence; fury; fervour; fervor; severity; fierceness; keenness

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intense cold; frigid; dismal; grim; bleak; sad; mournful; also written 淒|凄[qi1]

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intense cold; frigid; dismal; grim; bleak; sad; mournful

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old variant of 焰[yan4]
(1) flame; blaze; (2) flames (of intense emotion, e.g. love, jealousy, anger); passion; (surname, female given name) Homura

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(literary) (of a fire) fierce; intense; blazing; (literary) to radiate light in all directions

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 riyuu / riyu
grand; intense; prosperous; to swell; to bulge
(personal name) Riyuu
to grow


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shèng jí
    sheng4 ji2
sheng chi
intense about developing wisdom; intense about developing wisdom


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(adj-t,adv-to) (1) severe; intense; awe-inspiring; commanding; (2) biting; bitter (cold); piercing; frigid; (female given name) Rinrin


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(noun or adjectival noun) biting; severe; intense; rigorous


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(adj-t,adv-to) (1) severe; intense; awe-inspiring; commanding; (2) biting; bitter (cold); piercing; frigid


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(noun or adjectival noun) biting; severe; intense; rigorous


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chū dìng
    chu1 ding4
ch`u ting
    chu ting
 shutsujou / shutsujo
(n,vs,vi) {Buddh} (ant: 入定・1) leaving a state of intense concentration
To come out of the state of dhyāna; to enter into it is 入定; to emerge from meditation


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(adj-ku) (1) (archaism) sharp; (2) (archaism) intense; strong; powerful; (3) (archaism) quick; rapid; fast; (4) (archaism) keen; sharp; clever


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severe heat; intense heat; oppressive heat



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jù tòng
    ju4 tong4
chü t`ung
    chü tung
 gekitsuu / gekitsu
acute pain; sharp pain; twinge; stab; pang
pain (intense, sharp, violent)



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lì hai
    li4 hai5
li hai
(used to describe sb or something that makes a very strong impression, whether favorable or unfavorable) terrible; intense; severe; devastating; amazing; awesome; outstanding; (of a person) stern; strict; harsh; shrewd; tough; (of an animal) fierce; (of a resemblance) striking; (of liquor or chili pepper) strong; (of bacteria) virulent


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intense cold



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jiān ruì
    jian1 rui4
chien jui
sharp; intense; penetrating; pointed; acute (illness)



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qiáng dù
    qiang2 du4
ch`iang tu
    chiang tu
 kyoudo / kyodo
strength; intensity; CL:個|个[ge4]
(1) strength; intensity; (can be adjective with の) (2) strong (e.g. glasses); powerful (e.g. lens); intense (e.g. fear); extreme


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(adj-ku) (1) (archaism) sharp; (2) (archaism) intense; strong; powerful; (3) (archaism) quick; rapid; fast; (4) (archaism) keen; sharp; clever


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(adj-ku) (1) (archaism) sharp; (2) (archaism) intense; strong; powerful; (3) (archaism) quick; rapid; fast; (4) (archaism) keen; sharp; clever


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 gokkan(p); gokukan
    ごっかん(P); ごくかん
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (ant: 極暑) extreme cold; intense cold; coldest season; midwinter


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(ant: 極寒) intense heat; hottest season; peak of summer's heat


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(adjective) (1) (ant: 浅い・1) deep; (adjective) (2) profound; (adjective) (3) dense; thick; (adjective) (4) close (relationship); (adjective) (5) intense; strong; (adjective) (6) late

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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
kyokudojí dù / ji2 du4 / ji du / jiduchi tu / chitu
真剣shin ken / shinken
深刻shinkoku / misashēn kè / shen1 ke4 / shen ke / shenkeshen k`o / shenko / shen ko
Fierce激烈geki retsu / gekiretsujī liè / ji1 lie4 / ji lie / jiliechi lieh / chilieh
retsuliè / lie4 / lielieh
kyouretsu / kyoretsuqiáng liè
qiang2 lie4
qiang lie
ch`iang lieh
chiang lieh
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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