Meaning of 孽

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Pinyin: niè
English Definition: son born of a concubine; disaster; sin; evil
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 20; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (child) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • [ xuē ] wormwood, marsh grass; a feudal state
    • [ zi ] son, child; seed, egg; fruit; small thing
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Example Words
罪孽 zuì niè sin; crime; wrongdoing
造孽 zào niè to do evil; to commit sins
余孽 niè remaining evil element; surviving members (of evil former regime); dregs (of colonial administration)
作孽 zuò niè to sin
孽种 niè zhǒng bane of one's existence; vile spawn
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Example Sentences
The evils we bring on ourselves are the hardest to bear.
What did I do wrong in my past life?
It would be like this giant karmic debt.
We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.
That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.