zhèng correct; straight; upright

Note

Uses a pictogram for a foot with a line or limit above suggesting reaching a 'correct' level or it may be read to suggest walking in a straight line

Different tone

zhēng (journey)

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

逢奸宁可玉碎,气正不求瓦全 féng jiān nìng kě yù suì, qì zhèng bù qiú wǎ quán It is better to die with honor than surrender
改邪归正 gǎi xié guī zhèng Reject bad ways and turn to the good
一正压百邪 yī zhèng yā bǎi xié Justice is the main defense against evil

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