Meaning of 讳

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(Trad.: 諱)
Pinyin: huì
English Definition: to avoid mentioning; taboo word; name of deceased emperor or superior
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 6; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (speech) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
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    • [ yán ] words, speech; to speak, to say
    • [ wéi ] tanned leather; surname
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Example Words
忌讳 huì taboo; to avoid as taboo; to abstain from
直言不讳 zhí yán huì to speak bluntly (idiom); not to mince words
避讳 huì to avoid a taboo word or topic
隐讳 yǐn huì to hold back from saying precisely what is on one's mind
讳莫如深 huì shēn important matter that must be kept secret (idiom); don't breathe a word of it to anyone!
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Example Sentences
Conceal your friends' mistakes but not yours.
Despite being innocent, around a quarter of these people had confessed or pleaded guilty to the offences of which they were accused.
By counting each e-mail sent by a white-collar wrongdoer as a separate case of wire fraud, prosecutors can threaten him with a gargantuan sentence unless he confesses, or informs on his boss.
Taboo in languages is very popular as a psychological phenomenon in the world.
However, taboo is also a social phenomenon, so it is closely linked with the society.