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Self-Respect / Self-Esteem

zì zūn
Self-Respect / Self-Esteem Scroll

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 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).

Prideful Mind / Self-Respecting Heart

zì zūn xīn
ji son shin
Prideful Mind / Self-Respecting Heart Scroll

This Japanese and Korean word means "pride" or "self-respect".

The first Kanji/Hanja means oneself. The second can mean revered, valuable, precious, noble or exalted. And the last Kanji/Hanja means heart, mind and/or spirit.

While these characters make sense and hold the same general meaning in Chinese, this is not a normal Chinese word. This selection should only be used if your audience is Japanese or Korean.

See Also:  Respect | Pride | Self-Reliance | Self-Control | Self-Discipline

zì zūn
chi juen
Pride Scroll

自尊 can mean "pride", "self-respect" or "self-esteem". The first character means "oneself" and the second can mean revered, valuable, precious, noble, exalted, honorable or simply "pride".

I have also seen this two-character word translated as "amour propre", self-regard, and self-pride.

自尊 is universal between Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja written languages. It may also be understood in old Vietnamese (they once used Chinese characters as well).

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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
自尊jisonzì zūn / zi4 zun1 / zi zun / zizuntzu tsun / tzutsun
Prideful Mind
Self-Respecting Heart
自尊心ji son shin
zì zūn xīn
zi4 zun1 xin1
zi zun xin
tzu tsun hsin
Pride自尊jisonzì zūn / zi4 zun1 / zi zun / zizuntzu tsun / tzutsun

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Simple Dictionary Definition


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zì zūn / zi4 zun1
tzu tsun
 jison / じそん
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self-respect; self-esteem; ego; pride
self-respect; esteem; self-importance; pride



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zì ài / zi4 ai4
tzu ai
 jiai / じあい
self-respect; self-love; self-regard; regard for oneself; to cherish one's good name; to take good care of one's health
(noun/participle) (1) taking care of oneself (esp. used as an epistolary imperative); (2) self-love
Self-love, cause of all pursuit or seeking, which in turn causes all suffering. All Buddhas put away self-love and all pursuit, or seeking, such elimination being nirvāṇa.


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zì zūn xīn / zi4 zun1 xin1
tzu tsun hsin
 jisonshin / じそんしん
self-respect; self-esteem; ego
self-esteem; self-respect; self-importance; conceit; pride

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jià / jia4
 ga / が
to harness; to draw (a cart etc); to drive; to pilot; to sail; to ride; your good self; prefixed word denoting respect (polite 敬辞)
vehicle; horse-drawn carriage; (place-name) Kago
[horse] carriage


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 kinji / きんじ    kyouji / kyoji / きょうじ pride; dignity; self-respect


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jīn chí / jin1 chi2
chin ch`ih / chin chih
 kinji / きんじ    kyouji / kyoji / きょうじ
reserved; aloof
pride; dignity; self-respect



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lǎo liǎn / lao3 lian3
lao lien
self-respect of old person; face; thick-skinned (i.e. impervious to criticism); brazen


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zì zhòng / zi4 zhong4
tzu chung
 jichou / jicho / じちょう
to conduct oneself with dignity; to be dignified; deadweight
(noun/participle) (1) self-respect; (2) prudence; not acting rashly; restraining oneself; (3) taking care of oneself; being careful with one's health



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jiàn shi / jian4 shi5
chien shih
 kenshiki / けんしき
to gain first-hand knowledge of something; to experience for oneself; knowledge; experience; insight
(1) views; opinion; discernment; (2) pride; self-respect



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shí jiàn / shi2 jian4
shih chien
 shikiken;shikken / しきけん;しっけん
knowledge and experience
views; opinion; discernment; pride; self-respect; insight


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miàn zi / mian4 zi5
mien tzu
 mentsu / メンツ
outer surface; outside; honor; reputation; face (as in "losing face"); self-respect; feelings; (medicinal) powder
(1) face (chi: miànzi); honour; honor; (2) {mahj} meld; (3) lineup (of players participating in a mahjong game)


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 ikuji(p);ikiji / いくじ(P);いきじ self-respect; self-confidence; guts; backbone; pride; drive; willpower


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 dokuritsujison / どくりつじそん (yoji) (spirit of) independence and self-respect


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 kyouji;kinji / kyoji;kinji / きょうじ;きんじ pride; dignity; self-respect

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