fēi to not be; not; wrong


Ancient pictograph of negation 'not is'
Number of strokes 8


Index 175 used in: fěi (bandit)

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Sounds same

fēi (fly) fēi (coffee)

Different tone

fěi (bandit)

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stroke order for 非
Stroke order for character 非, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license


冰冻三尺,非一日之寒 bīng dòng sān chǐ, fēi yí rì zhī hán Everything comes to him who waits
今非昔比 jīn fēi xī bǐ The past is not always a good predictor of the future. Things change.
口是心非 kǒu shì xīn fēi To say the opposite of what you really think
塞翁失马,安知非福 sài wēng shī mǎ, ān zhī fēi fú A setback may turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
想入非非 xiǎng rù fēi fēi Let imagination run wild

Old coins

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