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豪爽 (háo​shuǎng​)
CC-CEDICT: outspoken and straightforward / forthright / expansive

豪爽 is an adjective used to describe people's personalities. Judging from dictionary definitions and examples, such people tend to have a combination of traits: they are (a) frank, straightforward, blunt, outspoken; (b) kind, generous, gracious; and (c) bold, heroic. I don't know if English has an equivalent concept to 豪爽.

I'm wondering if there is some good examples of e.g. famous people who would be considered 豪爽.

Question: Who would we describe as 豪爽?

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  • I wonder, it seems to me "chivalrous" could be seen as a term with a similar function. Not 100% identical, but perhaps 75%..? May 31 at 10:11
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If someone drinks wildly and helps friends out without hesitation, he/she could be called 豪爽, you can take it as the opposite of petty, sissy and selfish. The most famous examples would be general Guan Yu/关羽 in the the Three Kingdoms period/三国时期, and Li Bai/李白 the poet in the Tang Dynasty/唐朝.

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  • Normally refer 豪爽 to 张飞 instead of 关羽
    – Shaw
    May 28 at 2:30
  • I think they are both quite 豪爽 May 28 at 2:34
  • Haha, that's alright
    – Shaw
    May 28 at 3:18
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When you ask or request somebody to do something, he immediately promises you or does it without consideration or any excuse. Then you can describe he/she as "真豪爽, 够豪爽, 豪爽的一个人".

It is a trait of a hero in romantic arts, anyone asks for help, that hero won't hesitate.

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