Meaning of 憎

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Pinyin: zēng
English Definition: to detest
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 15; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (heart) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
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    • [ xīn ] heart; mind; soul
    • [ céng ] already, formerly, once; the past
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Example Words
憎恨 zēng hèn to detest; hatred
憎恶 zēng to loathe; to hate; to abhor; see also 憎恶
爱憎 ài zēng love and hate
可憎 zēng disgusting
爱憎分明 ài zēng fēn míng to make a clear difference between what one likes and what one hates; to have well-defined likes and dislikes
More: 憎* | *憎 | *憎*
Example Sentences
People who can hate also can love in the world, no judgement on love and hate, just a useless role.
In this world, only those who could hate could love.
It was because he loved my money that he married me.
Catherine met it with her accustomed look of nervousness and yet defiance, which he abhorred.
I own I did not like her, after her infancy was past; and I vexed her frequently by trying to bring down her arrogance: she never took an aversion to me, though.