Meaning of 妾

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Pinyin: qiè
English Definition: concubine; I, your servant (deprecatory self-reference for women)
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 8; Radical:
Ideographic: A woman branded as a slave
Character Formation:
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    • [ xīn ] bitter; toilsome, laborious; 8th heavenly stem
    • [ ] woman, girl; female
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Example Words
妻妾 qiè wives and concubines (of a polygamous man); harem
纳妾 qiè to take a concubine
臣妾 chén qiè (literary) I, your servant (self-appellation of a lower-rank female); (archaic) male and female slaves; subjects (of a ruler)
姬妾 qiè concubine
侍妾 shì qiè concubine
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Example Sentences
His concubine, who lived in Shechem, also bore him a son, whom he named Abimelech.
Under the Communists concubines became symbols of corruption and decadence.
He was tyrannical to the last, having ordered all his mistresses and concubines (he never married) buried alive with him after he was entombed.
In Imperial times, concubines were symbols of status and wealth to the men that possessed them.
When he reached home, he took a knife and cut up his concubine, limb by limb, into twelve parts and sent them into all the areas of Israel.