miè to extinguish; to exterminate or wipe out; to drown; to put out


Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

The modern form is easy to remember it is 'fire' under a 'lid' and hence extinguished. The old form put out the fire with water

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

蜡烛照亮别人,却毁灭了自己 là zhú zhào liàng bié rén, què huǐ miè le zì jǐ Helping others at the cost of not helping yourself
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Modern History

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Chinese proverb

Proverb

Dōng shī xiaò pín [dong shi xiao pin]
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Ludicrous self-conceit
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