Meaning of 贪

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(Trad.: 貪)
Pinyin: tān
English Definition: to have a voracious desire for; to covet; greedy; corrupt
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 8; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (money) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • [ jīn ] modern, current; today, now
    • [ bèi ] sea shell; money, currency
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Example Words
贪污 tān to be corrupt; corruption; to embezzle
贪婪 tān lán avaricious; greedy; rapacious; insatiable; avid
贪图 tān to covet; to seek (riches, fame)
贪官 tān guān corrupt official; grasping functionary; greedy mandarin
反贪 fǎn tān anti-corruption (policy)
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Example Sentences
She fell for the small advantage and was cheated.
The government is determined to crack down on corruption and bribery.
The official was sentenced to prison for corruption.
Rushing to buy toys for children will only make them more greedy.
Farmers often have to work from dawn to dusk to take care of their crops.