yì justice; righteousness; meaning

Made up of [丿 piě 'slash' radical 4, zhǔ dot radical 3]
Alternative traditional form of character:


Much simplified from original form showing an aggressive person being made as docile as a sheep. Modern form is balanced and symmetric

Related characters

Using 丿 piě : shǎo (less) hū (at) nǎi (to be) shī (to lose) wù (do not) lè (music) zhī (him) zú (clan) jiǔ (long time) me (what) dì (younger brother) wù (fifth (ordinal))
Using zhǔ : tài (too) yù (jade) lì (beautiful) wū (crow) zhōu (prefecture) zhǔ (owner) zhù (to live) dì (younger brother) bái (bright) sháo (spoon) duì (to cash) lìng (to order) yóu (outstanding) liáng (good) pù (store) wèi (do)

Sounds same

yì (easy) 亿 yì (100,000,000) yì (also) yì (city) yì (catch) yì (skill) yì (to recollect) yì (idea) yì (different)

Different tone

yī (one) yī (doctor) yī (clothes) yī (clothes) yí (proper) yǐ (hidden) yǐ (to use) yǐ (chair) yǐ (already)

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


遵义 Zunyi, Guizhou
义乌 Yiwu, Zhejiang


见义勇为 jiàn yì yǒng wéi To see what is right and act with courage
忘恩负义 wàng ēn fù yì Forget to acknowledge a favor. Ungratefulness

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