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How do I look up a graph in 說文通訓定聲?

How to look up an entry in 《說文通訓定聲》? 前言 Introduction 一般中文字典的內容是按部首字形分類排列。 《說文通訓定聲》則是依音韻分類排列。 從內容順序來看,作者 朱駿聲 是假設讀者已熟悉字的音韻。 所以,他先列出自創的「古韻十八部」做為「總目」,然後才是各部的內容。 The contents of common Chinese ...
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What is the 行 in 行有餘力?

行 here means "to do" or "to perform". 行:實行;實踐 to do; to perform; to practice 有:還有 still have 餘:多餘的 superfluous; surplus; excess 力:能力 ability; capability 行有餘力, After doing these and still having ...
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Write date and time using 文言?

Some disagreements with above. Though '七曜' did exist in Chinese philosophy and literature from the very beginning, it is almost certain that the practice of using '七曜' to notate the seven days of a ...
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What does 荠麦之茂,荠麦之有 in 《猗兰操》 mean? 韩愈《猗兰操》“荠麦之茂,荠麦之有”一句作何解释?

薺麥之茂,薺麥之有。 薺麥之茂生,薺麥之因有。 薺麥之茂生,因薺麥之有。 薺麥茂於雪霜之時,乃因薺麥之內有。 薺麥能茂生於雪霜之時,乃因薺麥之內在本有。 The buckwheat(?) can grow well in the snow because of its inherent ability. 君子之傷,君子之守。 君子之傷厄,君子之見守。 君子之傷厄,見君子之守。 君子居於艱難之境,...
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Has Unicode included these Classical Chinese characters?

𢂎 U+2208E 𦩳 U+26A73 𥸷 U+25E37 𤭹 U+24B79 𠰉 U+20C09 𢮿 U+22BBF 𦧴 U+269F4 𢜫 U+2272B 𤍐 U+24350 𢃛 U+220DB 𤟔 U+247D4 𣩒 U+23A52 𩵖 U+29D56 𪇇 U+2A1C7 𩬱 U+29B31 𤜅 U+24705 﨣 U+FA23 𥺝 U+25E9D 髟+忿?(...
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Difference of 青 and 黑

青 does not mean black in modern Chinese (likely due to semantic transition). It can mean black in classical Chinese, but that does not mean its meaning is ambiguous either, given the context is ...
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What is the difference between 吾 and 我 in 文言文?

The first thing to point out is that「吾」(Baxter-Sagart: /*ŋˤa/) and「我」(Baxter-Sagart: /*ŋˤajʔ/) are cognate. They mean exactly the same thing, and were interchangeable to a very large degree; as the ...
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Ancient forms of characters

I'm afraid different people may use these terms in slightly different ways. But the way I understand it, standard form 標準體 is one of several ways of writing a character, chosen as standard in a ...
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Need help with Classical Chinese

the post card is a replication of a painting, which is in the palace museum (故宫博物院). imo, the quality is, unacceptable. here's a better image of the painting: about the text, traditionally, one read ...
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非 at the beginning of a sentence - Classical Chinese

1.[非] XXX,[不能] YYY = [not having] XXX, [cannot] YYY "非 XXX 不能" is a relative clause; "YYY" is a verb clause Example: [非]孟子造道之深,[不能]形容至此也= [Not having] 孟子造道之深,[cannot]形容至此也
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What are the etymologies of 局 and 局面?

The etymology of 局 1st interpretation 促也。从口在尺下,復局之。『說文解字』 促也。以㬪韵爲訓。从口在尺下復局之。尺所以指厈規榘事也。口在尺下。三緘其口之意。『說文解字注』 Upper part of 局 represents 尺 (ruler), alluding to rules and canons. Lower (inside) part ...
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What's the etymology and significance of yuenyeung (鴛鴦)?

鴛鴦 is actually the name of a bird; more specifically, the mandarin duck. Here's an image: (Look at how cute they are!) In Chinese culture, the mandarin duck is a symbol of lovers, much like ...
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How to identify 使動用法 in Classical Chinese?

the correct interpretation should be 使衆人誇贊[游者] (cause everyone to praise [the traveller]). imo, such interpretation is incorrect. 越無車﹒有游者得車於晉楚之郊﹒輻朽而輪敗﹒輗折而轅毀﹒無所可用﹒然以其鄉之未嘗有也﹒舟載以歸而誇諸人﹒觀者聞其誇而信之﹒...
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"食人" in Classical Chinese of the 先秦 period

in the book of mencius 孟子, chapter 梁惠王上: 此率獸而食人也 roughly means This is leading on beasts to devour men. https://ctext.org/dictionary.pl?if=gb&id=12876#s10026702 in the same book, chapter 滕文公上: ...
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What does 苦 mean here?

The whole sentence may be translated to 'The Ansu Prefecture was troubled by (the damages of) the waters of Xu'. In classical Chinese, parts of speech are easily mutable (詞類活用). Here is a typical ...
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Can someone explain 衣锦尚炯 character by character?

You probably mean 衣錦尚絅 here. 衣:to wear 锦:brocade (clothes) 尚:to add 絅:unlined outer garment, usually made from linen Literally the phrase means "To wear brocade inside, and add linen overall robe ...
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How to grammatically analyze 三国之一 in 大都不过三国之一?

祭仲曰・都城過百雉・國之害也・先王之制・大都不過參國之一・中・五之一・小・九之一・今京不度・非制也・君將不堪 the verse of the question is from 傳 隱公元年 三 is temporarily used as a verb, meaning to divide into three parts you’re correct, the character “參 (...
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天干、地支、八卦和六十四卦 Heavenly Stems, Earthly Branches, 8 Trigrams and 64 Hexagrams

Brief answer. Yes. Some modern Chinese words are developed from these conceptions. 坤 in 八卦 represents the earth, female, Yin. From these meanings, words like 乾坤 (the world. lit. Heaven and earth), ...
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How to translate the phrase 利而物利章 in context?

after reading other literary chinese texts, here's my approach :) 君道何如 - what is the principle(s) of sovereign 利而物利章 - this verse is very tricky, i would interpret it as "利而物利" + "章" the first "利" ...
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how to translate "何如" in 呂氏春秋?

there're 7 occurrences of "何如" in 呂氏春秋: http://ctext.org/lv-shi-chun-qiu/zh?searchu=何如 translate "何如" as "how" is appropriate, in some of them. 1 季冬紀﹒不侵 http://ctext.org/lv-shi-chun-qiu/bu-qin/zh?...
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Problem in understanding classical Chinese sentences

對揚王休﹒用作尊彝 this verse come from the inscription on 免尊 對 - 報答, to requite 揚 - 讚揚, to praise 王 - the king, or ruler 休 - 樹蔭 shade of a tree --> 庇蔭 to shield --> 美德 virtue 用作 - ~ use for 尊彝 - 彝 is ...
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Three Chinese characters (?) on the entrance of the History Museum of Ho Chi Minh city (Characters identified: 寶藏院)

it's 寶藏院, roughly "the courtyard (院) of treasure (寶藏)" the right one is 寶: http://humanum.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/Lexis/lexi-mf/search.php?word=%E5%AF%B6 middle one is 藏: http://humanum.arts.cuhk....
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are there any free bilingual sources of chinese proverb?

the internet archive is your friend. unfortunately, it's blocked in "that area" :( the first one: a handbook of the chinese language, by james summers, printed in 1863 in page 95 & page 97, ...
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How many supplies did Liu Bei have at Dangyang?

Yes, 兩 used to have many more meanings. In the details section of zdic, there's the following additional meanings: (4) 匹(长四丈) 归夫人鱼轩,重锦三十两。——《左传·闵公二年》 (5) 通“辆”。车一乘 [used for buses,carts,etc.] 武王戎车三百两。—...
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A better translation of 假作真时真亦假,无为有处有还无。

One of the quotes you give is from David Hawkes, published, translation. It goes as follows: Truth becomes fiction when the fiction’s true; Real becomes not-real where the unreal’s real. You can ...
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Grammar of 大道無門

「大道無門,千差有路;透得此關,乾坤獨步。」 Now that you only question about grammar, let's just talk about grammar. I found a well written elucidation, though, and paste the link here for reference. 釋義 1.無 serves as a ...
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How do I analyze "是其于主也至忠矣"?

This is how I read this passage: 公行之計是其於主也至忠矣 [If] you/公 use (行) this (之; read it as 此) strategem (計), this (是) inevitably [shows] (其; read it as 乃 or 然) to (於) the lord (主) pause (也) great loyalty (...
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How do I analyze "是其于主也至忠矣"?

The verse is from 戰國策 卷二十八: Though the OP asked one particular verse, and we must comprehend the related text (from page 80-82), in order to interpret it correctly. 或謂公仲曰.今有一舉而可以忠於主.便於國.利於身.願公之行之也 ...
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What does “格” mean in "爾國臨格"?

the verse is chopped wrongly lah, i would read it as "爾" + "國" + "臨格". "臨格" ought to be read together as a verb, with the meaning of "come / arrive". ...
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What exactly is an ancient Tang dynasty 壺?

doesn’t a google images search of “故宮” + “館藏” + “唐代” + “壺“ suit your need? it would be something like these: ok, these three are “執壺” (a 壺 with handle & spout) update: the photo provided in ...
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