Meaning of 宰

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Pinyin: zǎi
English Definition: to slaughter livestock; to govern or rule; to cheat customers; imperial official in dynastic China
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 10; Radical:
Ideographic: A barracks where slaves live
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • [gàimian2] roof; house
    • [ xīn ] bitter; toilsome, laborious; 8th heavenly stem
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Example Words
宰相 zǎi xiàng prime minister (in feudal China)
屠宰 zǎi to slaughter; to butcher
主宰 zhǔ zǎi to dominate; to rule; to dictate; master
宰杀 zǎi shā to slaughter (an animal for meat); to butcher
屠宰场 zǎi chǎng slaughterhouse; abattoir
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Example Sentences
Hannibal Lecter: They were slaughtering the spring lambs?
Don't let impulsive emotions control your actions.