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Politeness, Gratitude and Propriety
礼 is one of the five tenets of Confucius.
Beyond respect, 礼 can also be translated as propriety, good manners, politeness, rite, worship, or an expression of gratitude.
We show respect by speaking and acting with courtesy. We treat others with dignity and honor the rules of our family, school, and nation. Respect yourself, and others will respect you.
Please note that Japanese use this simplified 礼 version of the original 禮 character for respect. 礼 also happens to be the same simplification used in mainland China. While 禮 is the traditional and original version, 礼 has been used as a shorthand version for many centuries. Click on the big 禮 character to the right if you want the Traditional Chinese and older Japanese versions.
This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here
See Also: Confucius
尊敬 is how to express the ideas of respect, honor, reverence, esteem, nobility, and sometimes the state of being noble, all in one word. Most of the time, this is used as “giving respect,” but depending on the context, it can suggest that you should try to be “worthy of respect.”
Although pronounced differently, the Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja are the same across these languages. This is an indication that this word is very old and crosses many barriers and cultures in the Orient (East Asia).
自尊 means self-respect or self-esteem in Chinese, Korean and Japanese. It can also mean “pride in oneself.”
Note: Japanese sometimes put the character for the heart after these two. However, this two-character word is universal between all three languages (which is often better since more than a third of the world's population can read this version as a native word).
愛敬 is a Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja title that can mean “love and respect,” “kindness and respect,” “to love with reverence,” “charm,” “amiability,” “winsomeness,” “courtesy,” or “ingratiating behavior.”
Note: The wide-ranging definitions show that this word is a bit ambiguous without the context of being used in a sentence.
打怕的人是假的敬怕的人是真的 is a proverb that seems to be aimed at world leaders or others in power. Perhaps a suggestion to avoid the practice of “fear-mongering” opting instead for a policy of benevolence and justice.
An example: When the Bush administration told Pakistan they could either join America in the “war on terror,” or expect some bombs to be coming their way, Bush gained this kind of “less-than-genuine respect” from Pakistanis.
Leaders in places like North Korea and even Saudi Arabia reap the same bogus respect from their own citizens.
Note that calligraphers do not like to repeat the same characters in exactly the same way in the same piece of artwork. So expect the characters that are repeated to be written in different forms in the real artwork (unlike the way they are displayed to the left).
敬愛 is the short and sweet way to say “love and respect” in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
Besides “respect and love,” this could be translated as “respect and affection,” “Reverence and love,” or “reverent love.”
In Japanese, this can also be the personal name Yoshinari.
Love each other and show mutual respect
相愛互敬 is a nice way to say “Love and Respect” in Chinese.
This proverb is about the mutual exchange of love and respect within a good relationship.
The first two characters create a word that means “to love each other” or “mutual love.”
The third character means mutual, interlocking, or in some contexts, “to dovetail” (as in how joints are made in fine furniture).
The last character means “to respect,” “to venerate,” “to salute,” “reverence,” or simply “respect.”
Love and respect each other
相敬相愛 is an old Chinese proverb that suggests love and respect go together and are to be exchanged between people (especially couples).
The first two characters mean “exchanging respect” or “mutual respect.”
The last two characters create a word that means “to love each other” or “mutual love.”
You'll notice that the first and third characters are the same. So you can read this literally as something like “Exchange respect, exchange love” or “Mutual respect, mutual love.” In English, we'd probably just say, “Mutual love and respect.” Grammar differs in every language - So while the literal translation might sound a bit awkward in English, this phrase is very natural in Chinese.
相互尊重 means mutual respect in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
The first two characters are a word that means each other, mutual or reciprocal.
The last two characters are a word that means to respect, honor, value, eminent, or hold in high esteem.
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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|
|rei||lǐ / li3 / li|
|尊敬||sonkei||zūn jìng / zun1 jing4 / zun jing / zunjing||tsun ching / tsunching|
|自尊||jison||zì zūn / zi4 zun1 / zi zun / zizun||tzu tsun / tzutsun|
|Love and Respect|
Kindness and Respect
|aikei / aikyou|
aikei / aikyo
|ài jìng / ai4 jing4 / ai jing / aijing||ai ching / aiching|
|Respect out of fear is never genuine; Reverence out of respect is never false||打怕的人是假的敬怕的人是真的||dǎ pà de rén shì jiǎ de jìng pà de rén shì zhēn de|
da3 pa4 de ren2 shi4 jia3 de jing4 pa4 de ren2 shi4 zhen1 de
da pa de ren shi jia de jing pa de ren shi zhen de
|ta p`a te jen shih chia te ching p`a te jen shih chen te
ta pa te jen shih chia te ching pa te jen shih chen te
|Love and Respect||敬愛|
|kei ai / keiai||jìng ài / jing4 ai4 / jing ai / jingai||ching ai / chingai|
|Love and Respect||相愛互敬|
|xiāng ài hù jìng|
xiang1 ai4 hu4 jing4
xiang ai hu jing
|hsiang ai hu ching
|Love and Respect||相敬相愛|
|xiāng jìng xiāng ài|
xiang1 jing4 xiang1 ai4
xiang jing xiang ai
|hsiang ching hsiang ai
|Mutual Respect||相互尊重||sougo sonchou|
|xiāng hù zūn zhòng|
xiang1 hu4 zun1 zhong4
xiang hu zun zhong
|hsiang hu tsun chung
|Respect, Honor, Truth||敬意, 名譽, 真実|
敬意, 名誉, 真実
|keii meiyo shinjitsu|
kei meiyo shinjitsu
|Respect, Honor, Truth||尊重, 榮譽, 真實|
尊重, 荣誉, 真实
|zūn zhòng róng yù zhēn shí|
zun1 zhong4 rong2 yu4 zhen1 shi2
zun zhong rong yu zhen shi
|tsun chung jung yü chen shih
|Love Loyalty Respect||真愛忠誠尊敬||zhēn ài zhōng chéng zū jìng|
zhen1 ai4 zhong1 cheng2 zu1 jing4
zhen ai zhong cheng zu jing
|chen ai chung ch`eng tsu ching
chen ai chung cheng tsu ching
|Respect and Loyalty||尊敬忠誠|
|son kei chu sei|
|zūn jìng zhōng chéng|
zun1 jing4 zhong1 cheng2
zun jing zhong cheng
|tsun ching chung ch`eng
tsun ching chung cheng
|Love Loyalty Respect||愛忠敬||ài zhōng jìng|
ai4 zhong1 jing4
ai zhong jing
|ai chung ching
|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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