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  1. Humble / Modest

  2. Humble / Modesty / Humility

  3. Humility / Being Humble

  4. Sense of Shame / Sense of Honor / Integrity / Modesty

  5. Modesty

  6. Simplicity / Modesty


Humble / Modest

 qiān xū
 ken kyo
Humble / Modest Scroll

謙虛 can also be translated as humbleness or humility.

In Chinese and Korean, the first character means “modest.” The second means “empty.” Together these characters reinforce the ideas of modesty and being empty of ego.


虚In Japan, they tend to use a slightly-simplified version of the second Kanji for this word. It also happens to be an alternate/simplified version used in China too. If you want to order the modern Japanese/simplified version, just click in the Kanji image shown to the right, instead of the button above.


See Also:  Moderation

Humble / Modesty / Humility

 qiān xū
 ken kyo
Humble / Modesty / Humility Scroll

謙虚 is the most common way to say humble or modest in Japanese without a derogatory meaning (some other words suggest weakness, but this version holds a better humble meaning).

In Japanese, the first Kanji means self-effacing, humble oneself, and modesty. The second means void or emptiness.


See Also:  Moderation

Humility / Being Humble

 qiān xùn
 ken son
Humility / Being Humble Scroll

謙遜 can also be translated as being modest, humble, or unpretentious.

Being humble is considering others to be as important as yourself. You are thoughtful of their needs and willing to be of service. You don't expect others or yourself to be perfect. You learn from your mistakes. When you do great things, humility reminds you to be thankful instead of boastful.

This Humility title is also used as one of the 8 key concepts of Tang Soo Do. Often romanized as “Kyum Son.”

Also sometimes used in Japanese to express humility with an essence of modesty.


See Also:   Humility

Sense of Shame / Sense of Honor / Integrity / Modesty (Korean)

 lián chǐ
 ren chi
Sense of Shame / Sense of Honor / Integrity / Modesty (Korean) Scroll

廉恥 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 “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.

 qiān xùn
 kenson
Modesty Scroll

Depending on the context, 謙遜 can be translated as modesty, humbleness, or humility.

The first character means modesty, while the second means yielding. Together, it could be stated as “yielding modesty.”


See Also:  Chastity | Prudence | Moderation

Simplicity / Modesty

 zhì sù
 shisso
Simplicity / Modesty Scroll

In Japanese, 質素 means “simplicity,” “modesty,” and/or “frugality.”

While these Japanese Kanji are also currently-used Chinese characters, they do not create a single word or idea in Chinese. Therefore, only select this if your audience is Japanese.


See Also:  Prudence


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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your modesty search...

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

謙遜


谦逊

see styles
qiān xùn
    qian1 xun4
ch`ien hsün
    chien hsün
 kenson
    けんそん

More info & calligraphy:

Modesty
humble; modest; unpretentious; modesty
(adj-na,n,adj-no,vs) humble; humility; modesty; being humble

嗜み

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 tashinami
    たしなみ
(1) (kana only) taste (in goods, etc.); (2) (kana only) manners; etiquette; (3) (kana only) modesty; restraint; prudence; (4) (kana only) knowledge, experience (of the arts, etc.); accomplishments; (5) (kana only) taking care of one's personal appearance

嬌羞


娇羞

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jiāo xiū
    jiao1 xiu1
chiao hsiu
 kyoushuu / kyoshu
    きょうしゅう
bashful; shy; shyness; modesty
charming and coy

幕板

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 makuita
    まくいた
screening panel (desk, etc.); modesty board

忌憚


忌惮

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jì dàn
    ji4 dan4
chi tan
 kitan
    きたん
to be afraid of the consequences; restraining fear
(1) (usu. as ~のない or ~なく) (See 忌憚のない) reserve; modesty; hesitation; restraint; (noun, transitive verb) (2) (obsolete) abhorrence; repugnance; loathing; dislike

恭倹

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 kyouken / kyoken
    きょうけん
(noun or adjectival noun) respectfulness and modesty; deference

恭謙

see styles
 kyouken / kyoken
    きょうけん
(noun or adjectival noun) (kana only) modesty; humility

慎み

see styles
 tsutsushimi
    つつしみ
modesty; self-control; discretion

虔み

see styles
 tsutsushimi
    つつしみ
modesty; self-control; discretion

謙譲

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 kenjou / kenjo
    けんじょう
(noun or adjectival noun) modesty; humility; (given name) Kenjō

謹み

see styles
 tsutsushimi
    つつしみ
modesty; self-control; discretion

謹勅

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 kinchoku
    きんちょく
(noun or adjectival noun) deep modesty; deep discretion

謹飭

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 kinchoku
    きんちょく
(noun or adjectival noun) deep modesty; deep discretion

貞淑

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 teishuku / teshuku
    ていしゅく
(noun or adjectival noun) chastity; virtue; fidelity; feminine modesty; (given name) Teishuku

遠慮


远虑

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yuǎn lǜ
    yuan3 lu:4
yüan lü
 enryo
    えんりょ
long-term considerations; to take the long view
(noun/participle) (1) reserve; constraint; restraint; modesty; diffidence; hesitation; holding back; discretion; tact; thoughtfulness; (noun/participle) (2) declining; refraining; (noun/participle) (3) (orig. meaning) forethought; foresight
foresight

慎しみ

see styles
 tsutsushimi
    つつしみ
(irregular okurigana usage) modesty; self-control; discretion

虔しみ

see styles
 tsutsushimi
    つつしみ
(irregular okurigana usage) modesty; self-control; discretion

謙そん

see styles
 kenson
    けんそん
(adj-na,n,adj-no,vs) humble; humility; modesty; being humble

孔融讓梨


孔融让梨

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kǒng róng ràng lí
    kong3 rong2 rang4 li2
k`ung jung jang li
    kung jung jang li
Kong Rong giving up pears, classic moral story about Kong Rong 孔融[Kong3 Rong2] picking up smaller pears while leaving the bigger ones to his older brothers, still used nowadays to educate the young on courtesy and modesty

收斂鋒芒


收敛锋芒

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shōu liǎn fēng máng
    shou1 lian3 feng1 mang2
shou lien feng mang
to draw in one's claws; to show some modesty

Variations:
謹飭
謹勅

see styles
 kinchoku
    きんちょく
(noun or adjectival noun) deep modesty; deep discretion

ほんのキムチ

see styles
 honnokimuchi
    ほんのキムチ
(exp,n) (joc) (colloquialism) (See ほんの気持ち) modesty; humility; frankness; honesty

滿招損,謙受益


满招损,谦受益

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mǎn zhāo sǔn , qiān shòu yì
    man3 zhao1 sun3 , qian1 shou4 yi4
man chao sun , ch`ien shou i
    man chao sun , chien shou i
(idiom) complacency leads to loss, modesty brings profit; pride comes before a fall

Variations:
猫かぶり
猫被り

see styles
 nekokaburi
    ねこかぶり
(1) feigned innocence; feigned gentleness; fake modesty; put-on; wolf in sheep's clothing; (2) feigned ignorance; playing dumb

Variations:
謙遜(P)
謙そん

see styles
 kenson
    けんそん
(n,vs,vi,adj-na,adj-no) modesty; humility; being humble

虛心使人進步,驕傲使人落後


虚心使人进步,骄傲使人落后

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xū xīn shǐ rén jìn bù , jiāo ào shǐ rén luò hòu
    xu1 xin1 shi3 ren2 jin4 bu4 , jiao1 ao4 shi3 ren2 luo4 hou4
hsü hsin shih jen chin pu , chiao ao shih jen lo hou
modesty leads to progress, arrogance makes you fall behind (quote of Mao Zedong)

Variations:
謙遜(P)
謙そん(sK)

see styles
 kenson
    けんそん
(n,vs,vi,adj-na) modesty; humility; being humble

Variations:
慎み
謹み
慎しみ(io)
虔み
虔しみ(io)

see styles
 tsutsushimi
    つつしみ
modesty; self-control; discretion

Variations:
猫かぶり
猫被り
ネコ被り(sK)
猫被(sK)

see styles
 nekokaburi
    ねこかぶり
(1) feigned innocence; feigned gentleness; fake modesty; put-on; wolf in sheep's clothing; (2) feigned ignorance; playing dumb

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Humble
Modest
謙虛
谦虚
ken kyo / kenkyoqiān xū / qian1 xu1 / qian xu / qianxuch`ien hsü / chienhsü / chien hsü
Humble
Modesty
Humility
謙虚ken kyo / kenkyoqiān xū / qian1 xu1 / qian xu / qianxuch`ien hsü / chienhsü / chien hsü
Humility
Being Humble
謙遜
谦逊
ken son / kensonqiān xùn / qian1 xun4 / qian xun / qianxunch`ien hsün / chienhsün / chien hsün
Sense of Shame
Sense of Honor
Integrity
Modesty (Korean)
廉恥
廉耻
ren chi / renchilián chǐ / lian2 chi3 / lian chi / lianchilien ch`ih / lienchih / lien chih
Modesty謙遜
谦逊
kensonqiān xùn / qian1 xun4 / qian xun / qianxunch`ien hsün / chienhsün / chien hsün
Simplicity
Modesty
質素
质素
shisso / shisozhì sù / zhi4 su4 / zhi su / zhisuchih su / chihsu
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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