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Meaning of 之

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Pinyin: zhī
English Definition: (possessive particle, literary equivalent of ); him; her; it
Chinese Definition:
①助词,表示领有、连属关系:赤子之心。
②助词,表示修饰关系:缓兵之计。不速之客。莫逆之交。
③用在主谓结构之间,使成为句子成分:“大道之行也,天下为公”。
④代词,代替人或事物:置之度外。等闲视之。
⑤代词,这,那:“之二虫,又何知”。
⑥虚用,无所指:久而久之。
⑦往,到:“吾欲之南海”。

Total strokes: 4; Radical: 丿
Ideographic: A foot meaning "to follow"; cursive version of 止
Character Formation:
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Example Words:
君子之交 [ jūn zhī jiāo ]: friendship between gentlemen, insipid as water (idiom, from Zhuangzi 庄子 )
意料之外 [ liào zhī wài ]: contrary to expectation; unexpected
明智之举 [ míng zhì zhī ]: sensible act
称之为 [ chēng zhī wéi ]: to call it...; known as...
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