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I've encountered 眷顾 on several occasions but I am not sure how to distinguish it from 照顾 in terms of usage. I have seen an example sentence of 上帝眷顾我们的事业, so is 眷顾 usually used with God and deities?

  • some users suggest looking at the 100 samples in jukuu for each of 照顾 and 眷顾 (7-100 almost exclusively religious, mainly bible translations) – user6065 Jul 26 '17 at 5:37
  • 眷顾 is abstract and cannot be verified/proven. – Daniel Yeung Jul 28 '17 at 7:07
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眷顾 can be considered as the English word "bless"(verb) or "blessing" (noun), relevant to God and deities. well, 照顾 is normal word meaning "take care of".

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(1) family dependent

(2) care for, have tender feeling for, take interest in

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(2) [v] look after; attend to

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眷顧

(divine) protection and care; to take care of

Both 眷顧 and 照顾 mean "to take care of/ to look after". But 眷 carries the meaning of 'family dependent' therefore 眷顧 also carries the meaning of " to take care of someone like family dependent" or " to protect and care for someone like family dependent"

  • You can 照顾 a garden, but you cannot 眷顧 it.

  • When you say you 照顾家人, that means you look after your family. ( with or without emotional attachment)

  • When you say you 眷顾家人, that means you love, protect and look after your family dependent.(with emotional attachment)

  • 神的眷顾 = God's protection and care (All man are God's children)

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上天眷顾 Favorable Destiny 照顾[zhào gu] 1.(考虑到; 注意到) give consideration to; show consideration for; take account of; make allowance(s) for: make allowance for the majority; think in terms of the majority; 照顾多数 be careful of one's respectability; 照顾面子 2.(关心; 照料) look after; care for; attend to: look after the wounded 照顾伤员

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