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Knight in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Knight
  2. Bushido / The Way of the Samurai
  3. Warrior
  4. Warrior / Fighter
  5. Paladin
  6. Martial Arts / Budo

Knight

China qí shì
Japan ki shi
Knight

The first character has the element of "horse" in it, and alone can mean "one who rides." Together, these characters can be translated as "riding soldier" or "horseman soldier," which of course can also be translated as "knight."


Can also be translated as "cavalier."


See Also:  Warrior | Horse

Bushido / The Way of the Samurai

China wǔ shì dào
Japan bu shi do
Bushido / The Way of the Samurai

武士道 is the title for, "The Code of the Samurai."

Sometimes called "The Seven Virtues of the Samurai," "The Bushido Code," or "The Samurai Code of Chivalry."

This would be read in Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja as "The Way of the Warrior," "The Warrior's Way," or "The Warrior's Code."

It's a set of virtues that the Samurai of Japan and ancient warriors of China and Korea had to live and die by. However, while known throughout Asia, this title is mostly used in Japan, and thought of as being of Japanese origin.

The seven commonly-accepted tenets or virtues of Bushido are: Benevolence 仁, Courage 勇, Honesty 誠, Honour 名誉, Loyalty 忠実, Respect 礼(禮), and Rectitude 義. These tenets were part of an oral history for generations, thus, you will see variations in the list Bushido tenets depending on who you talk to.


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See Also:  Samurai | Warrior

Warrior

China wǔ shì
Japan bu shi
Warrior

The first character is the spirit or essence of a warrior. The second character means soldier, officer, or official. 武士 is also used appropriately enough to describe a piece of a chess game. This can also be translated as soldier, cavalier, palace guard, or samurai and sometimes as knight. I've occasionally seen this translated as strong man or tough man (gender not necessarily implied).

By far, this is the most common way to write warrior in Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Note: In Japanese, this is Bushi, as in Bushido.


See Also:  Army | Marines | Samurai

Warrior / Fighter

Senshi
Japan sen shi
Warrior / Fighter

戦士 is an alternate title for warrior, soldier, fighter, warrior, guardian, or combatant in Japanese.

From Japanese, this is often romanized as "Senshi."


See Also:  Army | Marines | Samurai

Paladin

China shèng qí shì
Paladin

聖騎士 is how Paladin is written in Chinese.

This title originates from the warriors of Charlemagne's court.
The literal translation of this Chinese title is something like, "Saintly Knight."

Martial Arts / Budo

Way of the Warrior
China wǔ dào
Japan bu dou
Martial Arts / Budo

武道 is the very common Japanese way to say "Martial Arts."

武道 is used mostly in Japanese dojos but is also understood in Chinese and Korean.

Some will use this title to mean chivalry (the conduct of a knight) or military art. The way this word is understood would depend on the context in which it is used.

The first character means "force" or "warlike" or "essence of a warrior."

The second character means "method," "path," and "the way." It is the same character used to describe/mean the philosophy of Taoism / Daoism.

Some will also translate this as, "The Way of the Warrior," especially in the context of Korean martial arts.

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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
Knight騎士
骑士
ki shi / kishiqí shì / qi2 shi4 / qi shi / qishich`i shih / chishih / chi shih
Bushido
The Way of the Samurai
武士道bu shi do / bushidowǔ shì dào
wu3 shi4 dao4
wu shi dao
wushidao
wu shih tao
wushihtao
Warrior武士bu shi / bushiwǔ shì / wu3 shi4 / wu shi / wushiwu shih / wushih
Warrior
Fighter
戦士sen shi / senshi
Paladin聖騎士
圣骑士
shèng qí shì
sheng4 qi2 shi4
sheng qi shi
shengqishi
sheng ch`i shih
shengchishih
sheng chi shih
Martial Arts
Budo
武道bu dou / budou / bu do / budowǔ dào / wu3 dao4 / wu dao / wudaowu tao / wutao
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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