Meaning of 怜

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(Trad.: 憐)
Pinyin: lián
English Definition: to pity
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 8; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (heart) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
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    • [ xīn ] heart; mind; soul
    • [ lìng ] command, decree, order; magistrate; to allow, to cause
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Example Words
可怜 lián pitiful; pathetic; to have pity on
怜悯 lián mǐn to take pity on; pity; mercy
怜惜 lián to take pity on; to feel tenderness toward
怜爱 lián ài to have tender affection for; to love tenderly; to pamper sb
可怜巴巴 lián pathetic; pitiful
More: 怜* | *怜 | *怜*
Example Sentences
For me, a spirituality that doesn't have a central place for compassion isn't worthy of the name.
Looking back, it was pretty harsh, but had we known Puma would be putting its name to a phone this stylish, I doubt we would've hung that poor kid from his shoelaces on the monkeybars.
Regret can be a terrible addiction. Those who suffer from it so often become bitter and full of self-pity.
Some people, when jobless, wallow in self-pity.
Though with the smile of his dear face he draws mother's yearning heart to him, yet his little cries over tiny troubles weave the double bond of pity and love.