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
We can only eradicate the cankers of greed, hatred, and ignorance when they appear, and not allow them to overwhelm us, and influence our thought, speech, and actions.
The greedy little boy ate all the food at the party.
The solution: start small and focus on quality, not quantity.
Corrupt officials to fight corruption that is really anti-heart, but someone else is anti-corruption, this does not prejudice their own greed.
That's why job said, "I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust upon a young woman."