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Indomitable / Unyielding

 bù qū bù náo
 fu kutsu fu tou
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不屈不撓 means “Indomitable” or “Unyielding.”

不屈不撓 is a long word by Chinese standards. At least, it is often translated as a single word into English. It's actually a proverb in Chinese.

If you want to break it down, you can see that the first and third characters are the same. Both mean “not” (they work as a suffix to make a negative or opposite meaning to whatever character follows).

The second character means “bendable.”

The last means “scratched” or “bothered.”

So this really means “Won't be bent, can't be bothered.” I have also seen it written as “Will not crouch, will not submit.” This comes from the fact that the second character can mean “to crouch” and the last can mean “to submit” (as in “to give in” such as “submitting to the rule of someone else”). This may explain better why these four characters mean “indomitable.”

Some will translate this as “indomitable spirit”; however, technically, there is no character to suggest the idea of “spirit” in this word.
Other translations include indefatigability, indomitableness, or unremitting tenacity.

The first two characters can be stand-alone words in Chinese.
In Japanese, this is considered two words (with very similar meanings). It's more common to see the word order flipped to 不撓不屈 in Japanese.
The same characters are used in old Korean Hanja. Just like in Japanese, the words are swapped to 不撓不屈 creating a word pronounced “불요불굴” in Korean.

See 不撓不屈

See Also:  Tenacity | Fortitude | Strength | Undaunted

Indomitable / Persistence / Fortitude

 bù qū
Indomitable / Persistence / Fortitude Scroll

不屈 is the short form of a longer Chinese word and also a word used in Korean and Japanese to express the idea of being indomitable. It literally means “will not bend,” “will not crouch,” “will not yield,” “will not flinch,” or “will not submit.”

Note: Some will translate this as “indomitable spirit”; however, technically, there is no character to suggest the idea of “spirit” in this word.

See Also:  Tenacity | Fortitude | Strength | Undaunted

Undaunted After Repeated Setbacks

Persistence to overcome all challenges

 bǎi zhé bù náo
 hyaku setsu su tou
Undaunted After Repeated Setbacks Scroll

百折不撓 is a Chinese proverb that means “Be undaunted in the face of repeated setbacks.”

More directly translated, it reads, “[Overcome] a hundred setbacks, without flinching.” 百折不撓 is of Chinese origin but is commonly used in Japanese and somewhat in Korean (same characters, different pronunciation).

This proverb comes from a long, and occasionally tragic story of a man that lived sometime around 25-220 AD. His name was Qiao Xuan, and he never stooped to flattery but remained an upright person at all times. He fought to expose the corruption of higher-level government officials at great risk to himself.

Then when he was at a higher level in the Imperial Court, bandits were regularly capturing hostages and demanding ransoms. But when his own son was captured, he was so focused on his duty to the Emperor and the common good that he sent a platoon of soldiers to raid the bandits' hideout, and stop them once and for all even at the risk of his own son's life. While all of the bandits were arrested in the raid, they killed Qiao Xuan's son at first sight of the raiding soldiers.

Near the end of his career, a new Emperor came to power, and Qiao Xuan reported to him that one of his ministers was bullying the people and extorting money from them. The new Emperor refused to listen to Qiao Xuan and even promoted the corrupt Minister. Qiao Xuan was so disgusted that in protest, he resigned from his post as minister (something almost never done) and left for his home village.

His tombstone reads “Bai Zhe Bu Nao” which is now a proverb used in Chinese culture to describe a person of strong will who puts up stubborn resistance against great odds.

My Chinese-English dictionary defines these 4 characters as “keep on fighting despite all setbacks,” “be undaunted by repeated setbacks,” and “be indomitable.”

Our translator says it can mean “never give up” in modern Chinese.

Although the first two characters are translated correctly as “repeated setbacks,” the literal meaning is “100 setbacks” or “a rope that breaks 100 times.” The last two characters can mean “do not yield” or “do not give up.”
Most Chinese, Japanese, and Korean people will not take this absolutely literal meaning but will instead understand it as the title suggests above. If you want a single big word definition, it would be indefatigability, indomitableness, persistence, or unyielding.

See Also:  Tenacity | Fortitude | Strength | Perseverance | Persistence

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


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bù qū
    bu4 qu1
pu ch`ü
    pu chü
unyielding; unbending
(n,adj-no,adj-na) persistence; fortitude; indomitability



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yìng qì
    ying4 qi4
ying ch`i
    ying chi

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Strong Willed
firm; unyielding; strong-willed



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gǔ qì
    gu3 qi4
ku ch`i
    ku chi

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Courageous Spirit
unyielding character; courageous spirit; integrity; moral backbone



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bù qū bù náo
    bu4 qu1 bu4 nao2
pu ch`ü pu nao
    pu chü pu nao
 fukutsufutou / fukutsufuto

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Indomitable / Unyielding
unyielding; indomitable
(yoji) indefatigability; indomitableness; with unremitting tenacity



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jiān zhēn bù yú
    jian1 zhen1 bu4 yu2
chien chen pu yü

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Unwavering Integrity
unyielding integrity (idiom); unwavering



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jiān rèn bù bá
    jian1 ren4 bu4 ba2
chien jen pu pa

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firm and indomitable (idiom); tenacious and unyielding


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 makejidamashii / makejidamashi

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Indomitable Spirit
unyielding spirit; indomitable spirit

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proud; arrogant; to despise; unyielding; to defy

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strong; solid; firm; unyielding; resolute
(1) (rare) strength; solidity; firmness; (2) (rare) armour; armor; (male given name) Tsuyoshi
dṛḍha. sthira : firm, firmly fixed, reliable.

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to raise; to lift; to pretend; counterfeit; unyielding; variant of 矯|矫[jiao3]; to correct


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kàng zhí
    kang4 zhi2
k`ang chih
    kang chih
upright and unyielding (literary)


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ào gǔ
    ao4 gu3
ao ku
lofty and unyielding character



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gāng qiáng
    gang1 qiang2
kang ch`iang
    kang chiang
firm; unyielding
(noun or adjectival noun) strength; firmness; (personal name) Tsuyotake



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gāng liè
    gang1 lie4
kang lieh
resolute and upright in character; unyielding; staunch


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(noun or adjectival noun) determined spirit; unyielding spirit; will


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 kengou / kengo
(rare) firm and unyielding; rigid



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qiáng yìng
    qiang2 ying4
ch`iang ying
    chiang ying
 kyoukou / kyoko
tough; unyielding; hard-line
(noun or adjectival noun) firm; strong; unbending; unyielding; uncompromising; stubborn; tough; hard-line


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kàng zhí
    kang4 zhi2
k`ang chih
    kang chih



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zhèng qì
    zheng4 qi4
cheng ch`i
    cheng chi
 seiki / seki
healthy atmosphere; moral spirit; unyielding integrity; probity; (TCM) vital energy (resistance to diseases)
(personal name) Seiki



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yìng hàn
    ying4 han4
ying han
man of steel; unyielding, tough guy


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 koukotsu / kokotsu
(1) bone; (n,adj-no,adj-na) (2) firmness (of character); backbone; unyielding spirit


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xuè xìng
    xue4 xing4
hsüeh hsing
brave; staunch; unyielding


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(noun or adjectival noun) determined spirit; unyielding spirit; will


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jiā chin à
    jia1 chin1 a4
chia chin a
kaṭhina, 迦提; 羯絺那 hard, inflexible, unyielding; a robe of merit.


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(adj-na,n,adj-no) daring; unyielding


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(adjective) tenacious; tough; enduring; dogged; headstrong; stubborn; obstinate; unyielding


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(noun or adjectival noun) unyielding


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(adj-na,n,adj-no) daring; unyielding



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jiān rú pán shí
    jian1 ru2 pan2 shi2
chien ju p`an shih
    chien ju pan shih
solid as a boulder (idiom); absolutely secure; rock-firm and unyielding



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jiān qiáng bù qū
    jian1 qiang2 bu4 qu1
chien ch`iang pu ch`ü
    chien chiang pu chü
staunch and unyielding (idiom); steadfast

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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
fu kutsu fu tou
fu kutsu fu to
bù qū bù náo
bu4 qu1 bu4 nao2
bu qu bu nao
pu ch`ü pu nao
pu chü pu nao
不屈fukutsubù qū / bu4 qu1 / bu qu / buqupu ch`ü / puchü / pu chü
Undaunted After Repeated Setbacks百折不撓
hyaku setsu su tou
hyaku setsu su to
bǎi zhé bù náo
bai3 zhe2 bu4 nao2
bai zhe bu nao
pai che pu nao
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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