fǎn contrary; in reverse; inside out or upside down; to rebel

Made up of [ chǎng cliff; factory; depot radical 27, yòu also; in addition; and radical 29]
Number of strokes 4

Related characters


Using chǎng : lì (strict) yuán (former) àn (bank) lì (to experience) dùn (shield)
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Different tone

fàn (food)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

物极必反 wù jí bì fǎn Things will turn around in the opposite direction when they reach the highest point
易如反掌 yì rú fǎn zhǎng Simple. Very easy

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