lì sharp; favorable; advantage

Made up of [ dāo knife (radical) radical 18, grain radical 115]


Combining 'knife' and 'grain' implies harvest and a good harvest is a great benefit to all. The sickle also needs to be sharp to harvest well.

Related characters

Using dāo : qián (front) gāng (hard) kān (to print) bié (to leave)
Using : qiú (autumn) hé (together) xiāng (fragrant) jì (season) ǎi (low) 稿 gǎo (manuscript) zū (to hire) shuì (taxes)

Sounds same

lì (strength) lì (stand) lì (strict) lì (beautiful) lì (to experience)

Different tone

lí (Fire) lǐ (inside) lǐ (ceremony) lǐ (texture) lǐ (plum)

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利欲熏心 lì yù xūn xīn To be obsessed with the desire of profit at the expense of happiness
心旷神怡,事事顺利 xīn kuàng shén yí, shì shì shùn lì Feeling happy and relaxed
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