yì justice; righteousness; meaning

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

Note

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

Cities

遵义 Zunyi, Guizhou
义乌 Yiwu, Zhejiang

Proverbs

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 Ungratefully forget to acknowledge a favor.
Chinese proverb

Proverb

济私
Jiǎ gōng jì sī [jia gong ji si]
false public aid self
Swindle public to help yourself
Use public office for personal gain
Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely
Symbols and Motifs

Symbols and Motifs

Culture

Chinese arts and handicrafts are full of hidden symbols. Bats, goldfish, peonies and bees all give a specific meaning to a painting or decoration. Exploring the world of Chinese symbolism opens up a whole new layer of appreciation.
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