老而不死是為賊

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Chinese[edit]

 
old (of people); aged; venerable (person); outdated; experienced; (a prefix used before the surname of a person or a numeral indicating the order of birth of the children in a family or to indicate affection or familiarity)
 
and; as well as; but (not); yet (not); (shows causal relation); (shows change of state); (shows contrast)
(negative prefix); not; no
 
to die; inpassable; uncrossable; inflexible; rigid
 
is; are; am; yes; to be
 
because of; for; to; act as; take...to be; to be; to do; to serve as; to become
thief
trad. (老而不死是為賊)
simp. (老而不死是为贼)

Etymology[edit]

From the Analects of Confucius
Literally: You are old, yet not dead. You are a scoundrel!

Pronunciation[edit]

Idiom[edit]

老而不死是為賊

  1. used to scold an old person who has no regard for others