Chinese Notes
Chinese Notes

zāi

zāi particle exclamatory or interrogative particle
Domain: Classical Chinese 古文
Notes: 哉 is used as a final exclamatory particle in Literary Chinese and may also be added to the end of a question (Pulleyblank 1995, p. 146). 是誠何心哉?'What really was my mind in the matter?' (Mengzi: 1.7/4/17, translation by Legge)

Contained in

善哉岂不惜哉

Word is mentioned most frequently in

Truncated for common words

Collection Document Title Occurrences
Book of Jin 《晉書》 卷五十五 列傳第二十五 夏侯湛 潘岳 張載 Volume 55 Biographies 25: Xiahou Zhan; Pan Yue; Zhang Zai 34
The Commentary of Zuo on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋左氏傳》 襄公 Lord Xiang 32
The Commentary of Zuo on the Spring and Autumn Annals 《春秋左氏傳》 昭公 Lord Zhao 31
Book of Jin 《晉書》 卷四十八 列傳第十八 向雄 段灼 閻纘 Volume 48 Biographies 18: Xiang Xiong; Duan Zhuo; Yan Zuan 23
Records of the Three Kingdoms 《三國志》 卷二 魏書二 文帝紀 Volume 2: Book of Wei 2 - Annals of Emperor Wen 23
Records of the Grand Historian 《史記》 《司馬相如列傳》 Biography of Sima Xiangru 21
Records of the Three Kingdoms 《三國志》 卷二十五 魏書二十五 辛毗楊阜高堂隆傳 Volume 25: Book of Wei 25 - Biographies of Xin Pi, Yang Fu, and Gaotang Long 21
Book of Documents 《尚書》 虞書 益稷 Yu Shu - Yi and Ji 21
Commentaries on the Four Books by Zhu Xi 朱熹《四書章句集注》 《滕文公章句下》 Commentary on Teng Wen Gong II 20
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 20