Meaning of 孝

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Pinyin: xiào
English Definition: filial piety or obedience; mourning apparel
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 7; Radical:
Ideographic: A young man carrying an older man
Character Formation:
  • Surround from upper left
    • [ lǎo ] old, aged; experienced
    • [ zi ] son, child; seed, egg; fruit; small thing
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Example Words
孝敬 xiào jìng to show filial respect; to give presents (to one's elders or superiors); to support one's aged parents
孝顺 xiào shùn filial; dutiful; devoted to one's parents (and grandparents etc); to show filial piety towards (an older family member); filial piety
孝子 xiào filial son
不孝 xiào unfilial
孝心 xiào xīn filial piety (a Confucian obligation); respect and obedience to one's parents
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Example Sentences
Firstly, he must be a dutiful son.
As time flies, it is our duty to be filial to our parents.
We should respect and show filial piety to our parents, after all, they raised us.
As children, we should not only be willing to show filial piety to our parents, but also actively provide them with support and care.