Chinese Notes
Chinese Notes

诚 (誠) chéng

  1. chéng noun honesty / sincerity
    Domain: Classical Chinese 古文
    Notes: 诚 is an important Confucian concept (Kroll '誠' 1a; Yao, 2000, p. 217). For example, 所謂誠其意者,毋自欺也 What is meant by 'making the thoughts sincere.' is the allowing no self-deception.' (The Classic of Rites, The Great Learning《禮記‧大學》, trans. by Legge 1885)
  2. chéng adverb if
    Domain: Classical Chinese 古文
    Notes: May be used in Literary Chinese to emphasize a supposition in a complex sentence with a subordinating conjunction, like 'if' (Kroll '誠' 3; Pulleyblank 1995, p. 153).
  3. chéng adverb truly
    Domain: Classical Chinese 古文
    Notes: (Kroll '誠' 2)

Contained in

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Truncated for common words

Collection Document Title Occurrences
Commentaries on the Four Books by Zhu Xi 朱熹《四書章句集注》 《中庸章句》 Commentary on Doctrine of the Mean 69
Book of Later Han 《後漢書》 第二 律曆中 賈逵論曆 永元論曆 延光論曆 漢安論曆 熹平論曆 論月食 Volume 91: Rhythm and the Calendar Part Two 26
Xunzi 《荀子》 不苟篇第三 Chapter 3: Nothing Carelessly 24
The Book of Rites 《禮記》 《中庸》 The State of Equilibrium and Harmony, also known as the Doctrine of the Mean 24
Records of the Three Kingdoms 《三國志》 卷十四 魏書十四 程郭董劉蔣劉傳 Volume 14: Book of Wei 14 - Biographies of Cheng, Dong, Guo, Liu, Jiang, and Liu 24
Book of Han 《漢書》 卷九十九上 王莽傳 Volume 99a: Wang Mang 1 22
Book of Song 《宋書》 卷九十七 列傳第五十七 夷蠻 Volume 97 Biographies 57: Yi Man 20
Commentaries on the Four Books by Zhu Xi 朱熹《四書章句集注》 《大學章句》 Commentary on Great Learning 18
Records of the Three Kingdoms 《三國志》 卷十九 魏書十九 任城陳蕭王傳 Volume 19: Book of Wei 19 - Biographies of the princes of Rencheng, Chen, and Xiao 17
Records of the Three Kingdoms 《三國志》 卷十三 魏書十三 鍾繇華歆王朗傳 Volume 13: Book of Wei 13 - Biographies of Zhong Yao, Hua Xin, and Wang Lang 17

Collocations

Simplified Traditional Example Example Reference Frequency
诚明 誠明 自誠明 The Book of Rites 《禮記》 《中庸》 The State of Equilibrium and Harmony, also known as the Doctrine of the Mean 5
贵诚 貴誠 貴誠之義也 The Book of Rites 《禮記》 《郊特牲》 The Single Victim at the Border Sacrifices 3
诚身 誠身 誠身有道 The Book of Rites 《禮記》 《中庸》 The State of Equilibrium and Harmony, also known as the Doctrine of the Mean 3
君子诚 君子誠 是故君子誠之為貴 The Book of Rites 《禮記》 《中庸》 The State of Equilibrium and Harmony, also known as the Doctrine of the Mean 2
诚仁 誠仁 子誠仁人也 Gongyang's Commentary on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋公羊傳》 宣公 Lord Xuan 2
诚能 誠能 誠能愛而利之 Huainanzi 《淮南子》 卷十 繆稱訓 Chapter 10: Solemn Precepts 2
今诚 今誠 今誠得幹 Han Feizi 《韓非子》 外儲說左上第三十二 Chapter 32: A Collection of Sayings III 2
诚士 誠士 則必非誠士也 Xunzi 《荀子》 非相篇第五 Chapter 5: Do not Judge by Appearances 2
信诚 信誠 賞在信誠體之以君臣 Guanzi 《管子》 君臣上第三十 Chapter 30: A Ruler and his Ministers I 2
诚在 誠在 是誠在我 Mencius 《孟子》 滕文公上 Teng Wen Gong I 2