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Meaning of 左

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Pinyin: zuǒ
English Definition: left; the Left (politics); east; unorthodox; queer; wrong; differing; opposite; variant of
Chinese Definition:
①面向南时,东的一边,与“右”相对:左手。左方。左右。左膀右臂。
②地理上指东方:山左。江左。
③指政治思想上进步或超过现实条件许可的过头思想和行动:左派。左翼。左倾。
④斜,偏,差错:左脾气。左嗓子。
⑤降低官职:左迁。
⑥古同“佐”,佐证。
⑦姓氏。

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Total strokes: 5; Radical:
Pictographic: A left hand; compare
Character Formation:
  • Surround from upper left
    • [ gōng ] labor, work; laborer, worker
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Example Words:
左右为难 [ zuǒ yòu wéi nán ]: in a predicament; in a dilemma (idiom)
左右两难 [ zuǒ yòu liǎng nán ]: dilemma; quandary; Scylla and Charybdis; between the devil and the deep blue sea (idiom)
左右 [ zuǒ yòu ]: left and right; nearby; approximately; attendant; to control; to influence
左边 [ zuǒ bian ]: left; the left side; to the left of
左手 [ zuǒ shǒu ]: left hand; left-hand side
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