愚人

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Etymology[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin yúrén
Zhuyin ㄩˊ ㄖㄣˊ
IPA (key) /y³⁵ ʐən³⁵/

Noun[edit]

愚人 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin yúrén)

  1. fool, simpleton
    • 18th century, Cao Xueqin, Dream of the Red Chamber, chapter 65 (in Chinese):
      Traditional: 尤二姐滴淚說道:“你們拿我作愚人待,什么事我不知。
      Simplified: 尤二姐滴泪说道:“你们拿我作愚人待,什么事我不知。
      Pinyin: Yóuèrjiě dīlèi shuōdào: "Nǐmen ná wǒ zuò yúrén dài, shénme shì wǒ bù zhī.
      Second Sister You said with tears dripping, “You treat me like a fool. Whatever it is, I do not know.
    • Tang Dynasty, 毛诗序, 诗经‧小雅‧鸿雁之什‧鸿雁, third line (in Chinese):
      Traditional: 鴻雁于飛、哀鳴嗷嗷。維此哲人、謂我劬勞。維彼愚人、謂我宣驕。
      Simplified: 鸿雁于飞、哀鸣嗷嗷。维此哲人、谓我劬劳。维彼愚人、谓我宣骄。
      Pinyin: Hóngyàn yú fēi, āimíng áo-áo. Wéi cĭ zhérén, wèi wŏ qúláo Wéi bĭ yúrén, wèi wŏ xuānjiāo.
      The wild geese are flying about, and melancholy is their cry of ao-ao. There were they, wise men, who recognized our pain and toil; If they had been stupid men, They would have said we were proclaiming our insolence.

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