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The name Dignity in Chinese / Japanese...

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Personalize your custom “Dignity” project by clicking the button next to your favorite “Dignity” title below...


  1. Death with Dignity

  2. Dignity / Honor / Sanctity / Integrity

  3. Fidelity Honor Courage

  4. Gaman

  5. Honor Courage

  6. Kowtow - The deepest bow

  7. Respect


Death with Dignity

 son gen shi
Death with Dignity Scroll

尊厳死 is not a good choice for a wall scroll unless you have a very specific and personal reason.

This was added at the request of a customer.

尊厳死 means “death with dignity” or “natural death” (as opposed to extending one's life unnaturally with life support).

Dignity / Honor / Sanctity / Integrity

 zūn yán
 son gen
Dignity / Honor / Sanctity / Integrity Scroll

尊嚴 is a form of honor that means showing great respect for yourself, other people, and the rules you live by.

When you are honorable, you keep your word. You do the right thing regardless of what others are doing.

尊嚴 is the kind of personal honor or dignity that is of great value. If you lose this, you have lost yourself and perhaps the reputation of your family as well.

While this is not directly the same thing as “face” or “saving face” in Asian culture, it is associated with the same concept in China.


厳In Japan, they currently use a more simplified second character for this word. The ancient Japanese form is the same as China but after WWII some Kanji were changed. If you want the modern Japanese version, just click on the Kanji image shown to the right, instead of the button above.

Fidelity Honor Courage

 xìn yì zūn yán yǒng qì
Fidelity Honor Courage Scroll

信義尊嚴勇氣 means fidelity, honor, and courage in Chinese.

This is a word list that was requested by a customer. Word lists are not common in Chinese, but we've put this one in the best order/context to make it as natural as possible.

We used the “honor” that leans toward the definition of “dignity” since that seemed the best match for the other two words.

Please note: These are three two-character words. You should choose the single-column format when you get to the options when you order this selection. The two-column option would split one word or be arranged with four characters on one side and two on the other.

 wǒ màn
 ga man
Gaman Scroll

Gaman is a Zen Buddhist term from Japan that means “enduring the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity.”

This title can also be translated as patience, perseverance, tolerance, or self-denial.

我慢 is also a Chinese Buddhist term with a different pronunciation. It comes from Sanskrit abhimāna or ātma-mada. Chinese Buddhism defines this very differently as “Egoism exalting self and depreciating others,” “self-intoxication,” or “pride.” Alone, the first character means “Me, I, or Self,” and the second character in a Buddhist context comes from Sanskrit māna and means pride, arrogance, self-conceit, looking down on others, superciliousness, etc.


I’m currently working with Japanese and Chinese translators to try and reconcile the true meaning or any commonality of this word between languages. For now, please only consider this if your audience is Japanese.

Honor Courage

 zūn yán yǒng qì
Honor Courage Scroll

尊嚴勇氣 is a word list that means “Honor [and] Courage.”

Word lists are not common in Chinese, but we've put this one in the best order/context to make it as natural as possible.

We used the “honor” that leans toward the definition of dignity and integrity since that seemed like the best match for courage.

Kowtow - The deepest bow

 kòu tóu
 koutou
Kowtow - The deepest bow Scroll

叩頭 is the term that seems to be known worldwide as kowtow.

In Japanese and Chinese, it simply means a deep bow, especially one so low that one's head touches the ground in submission. However, in western culture, it has sometimes come to mean “giving in” or “surrendering to someone else's will.” Sometimes even said of a person who stoops to flattery at the expense of their dignity.

I don't know if you would really want this on a wall scroll, but enough people have searched for this term on our website that I guess it was time to add it. It just feels strange to see such a word on a wall scroll, so please order with caution. 叩頭 is antiquated in both Japanese and Chinese. The act is seldom done anymore and is seen as an ancient ritual.

Respect

Politeness, Gratitude and Propriety

 lǐ
 rei
Respect Scroll

礼 is one of the five tenets of Confucius.

Beyond respect, 礼 can also be translated as propriety, good manners, politeness, rite, worship, or an expression of gratitude.

We show respect by speaking and acting with courtesy. We treat others with dignity and honor the rules of our family, school, and nation. Respect yourself, and others will respect you.

禮 Chinese RespectPlease note that Japanese use this simplified 礼 version of the original 禮 character for respect. 礼 also happens to be the same simplification used in mainland China. While 禮 is the traditional and original version, 礼 has been used as a shorthand version for many centuries. Click on the big 禮 character to the right if you want the Traditional Chinese and older Japanese versions.


This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here


See Also:  Confucius


Not the results for dignity that you were looking for?

Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your dignity search...

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

名誉

see styles
 meiyo / meyo
    めいよ

More info & calligraphy:

Honor
(noun or adjectival noun) (1) honor; honour; credit; glory; fame; distinction; (2) prestige; dignity; reputation; honor; good name; (prefix noun) (3) honorary (e.g. president, doctorate)

尊嚴


尊严

see styles
zūn yán
    zun1 yan2
tsun yen
dignity; sanctity; honor; majesty

尊厳死

see styles
 songenshi
    そんげんし

More info & calligraphy:

Death with Dignity
death with dignity; natural death (as opposed to extending one's life unnaturally with life support)

see styles
wēi
    wei1
wei
 i
    い
power; might; prestige
power; authority; might; influence; dignity; majesty; (personal name) Tsuyoshi
prabhāva. Awe-inspiring majesty; also 威力 and 威神力.

see styles
róng
    rong2
jung
 you / yo
    よう
to hold; to contain; to allow; to tolerate; appearance; look; countenance
(1) (archaism) countenance; visage; (2) face; honor (honour); dignity; (1) form; shape; figure; (2) visage; (surname, female given name) Yō
Contain; bear; allow; bearing, face, looks; easy.


see styles
yán
    yan2
yen
 yan
    やん
Japanese variant of 顏|颜[yan2]
(out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) face; visage; (2) look; expression; countenance; (1) (archaism) countenance; visage; (2) face; honor (honour); dignity; (1) face; visage; (2) look; expression; countenance; (3) honor; honour; face; (4) influence; notoriety; (personal name) Yan
face

不屑

see styles
bù xiè
    bu4 xie4
pu hsieh
to disdain to do something; to think something not worth doing; to feel it beneath one's dignity

人格

see styles
rén gé
    ren2 ge2
jen ko
 jinkaku
    じんかく
personality; integrity; dignity
personality; character; individuality; personhood

估券

see styles
 koken
    こけん
(1) dignity; credit; public estimation; face; honor; reputation; (2) (archaism) deed of sale (for a land, forest or house); (3) (archaism) sale value; selling price

体面

see styles
 taimen
    たいめん
honour; honor; dignity; prestige; reputation; appearances

値打

see styles
 neuchi
    ねうち
(noun/participle) value; worth; price; dignity

偉容

see styles
 iyou / iyo
    いよう
dignity; majestic appearance

品位

see styles
pǐn wèi
    pin3 wei4
p`in wei
    pin wei
 hini
    ひんい
rank; grade; quality; (aesomethingetic) taste
(1) dignity; grace; nobility; (2) grade; quality; fineness; carat; karat
rank

品格

see styles
pǐn gé
    pin3 ge2
p`in ko
    pin ko
 hinkaku
    ひんかく
one's character; fret (on fingerboard of lute or guitar)
dignity; quality; grace; panache; level

喪盡


丧尽

see styles
sàng jìn
    sang4 jin4
sang chin
to completely lose (one's dignity, vitality etc)

器量

see styles
qì liàng
    qi4 liang4
ch`i liang
    chi liang
 kiryō
    きりょう
tolerance
(1) looks; features; personal beauty; (2) ability; talent; calibre; caliber; capability; capacity; (3) dignity; credit; estimation
Capacity.

威信

see styles
wēi xìn
    wei1 xin4
wei hsin
 ishin
    いしん
prestige; reputation; trust; credit with the people
prestige; dignity; (personal name) Takemasa

威儀


威仪

see styles
wēi yí
    wei1 yi2
wei i
 igi
    いぎ
majestic presence; awe-inspiring manner
dignity; majesty; dignified manner
Respect-inspiring deportment; dignity, i.e. in walking, standing, sitting, lying. There are said to be 3,000 and also 8,000 forms of such deportment.

威厳

see styles
 igen
    いげん
dignity; majesty; solemnity; gravity

威嚴


威严

see styles
wēi yán
    wei1 yan2
wei yen
dignified; imposing; august; awe-inspiring; awe; prestige; dignity

威容

see styles
wēi róng
    wei1 rong2
wei jung
 i yō
    いよう
grave and dignified
dignity; majestic appearance
dignified appearance

威風


威风

see styles
wēi fēng
    wei1 feng1
wei feng
 ifuu / ifu
    いふう
might; awe-inspiring authority; impressive
majesty; dignity; (female given name) Ikaze

尊厳

see styles
 songen
    そんげん
(noun or adjectival noun) dignity; majesty; sanctity

廃る

see styles
 sutaru
    すたる
(v5r,vi) (1) (See 廃れる・すたれる) to go out of use; to become obsolete; to die out; to go out of fashion; (Godan verb with "ru" ending) (2) to become lost (e.g. of dignity); to be sullied

扳回

see styles
bān huí
    ban1 hui2
pan hui
to pull back; to regain (one's dignity etc); to recover from (an adverse situation); to turn the tables

有失

see styles
yǒu shī
    you3 shi1
yu shih
 ushitsu
to cause a loss of (decorum, dignity etc) (used in fixed expressions)
having faults

気品

see styles
 kihin
    きひん
(1) elegance; refinement; grace; dignity; (2) aroma

気韻

see styles
 kiin / kin
    きいん
dignity; refinement

沽券

see styles
 koken
    こけん
    uriken
    うりけん
(1) dignity; credit; public estimation; face; honor; reputation; (2) (archaism) deed of sale (for a land, forest or house); (3) (archaism) sale value; selling price; (archaism) certificate of sale; deed of sale

矜恃

see styles
 kinji
    きんじ
    kyouji / kyoji
    きょうじ
pride; dignity; self-respect

Click here for more dignity results from our dictionary

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Death with Dignity尊厳死son gen shi
songenshi
Dignity
Honor
Sanctity
Integrity
尊嚴
尊严 / 尊厳
son gen / songenzūn yán / zun1 yan2 / zun yan / zunyantsun yen / tsunyen
Fidelity Honor Courage信義尊嚴勇氣
信义尊严勇气
xìn yì zūn yán yǒng qì
xin4 yi4 zun1 yan2 yong3 qi4
xin yi zun yan yong qi
xinyizunyanyongqi
hsin i tsun yen yung ch`i
hsinitsunyenyungchi
hsin i tsun yen yung chi
Gaman我慢ga man / gamanwǒ màn / wo3 man4 / wo man / woman
Honor Courage尊嚴勇氣
尊严勇气
zūn yán yǒng qì
zun1 yan2 yong3 qi4
zun yan yong qi
zunyanyongqi
tsun yen yung ch`i
tsunyenyungchi
tsun yen yung chi
Kowtow - The deepest bow叩頭
叩头
koutou / kotokòu tóu / kou4 tou2 / kou tou / koutouk`ou t`ou / koutou / kou tou
Respect
reilǐ / li3 / li
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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