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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
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Example Words:
不幸之幸 [ xìng zhī xìng ]: a fortune in misfortune; a positive in the negative
反之 [ fǎn zhī ]: on the other hand...; conversely...
之际 [ zhī ]: during; at the time of
总而言之 [ zǒng ér yán zhī ]: in short; in a word; in brief
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