九世之仇

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Chinese[edit]

nine
 
life; age; generation
life; age; generation; era; world; lifetime
's; him/her/it; this
 
surname; match; mate
surname; match; mate; hatred; animosity; enmity; a rival; an enemy; feud
simp. and trad.
(九世之仇)

Etymology[edit]

From the story of two ancient states during the Western Zhou dynasty:

Duke Ai of Qi had a dispute with his neighbouring state Ji (). King Yi of Zhou sided with Marquis of Ji and executed Duke Ai. Later, Duke Xiang of Qi, the ninth-generation descendant of Duke Ai, conquered the State of Ji to revenge for him.

遠祖可以復讎百世 [Classical Chinese, trad.]
远祖可以复雠百世 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: 春秋公羊傳·莊公四年 (Gongyang Zhuan)
Yuǎnzǔ zhě, jǐ shì hū? Jiǔ shì yǐ. Jiǔ shì yóu kěyǐ fùchóu hū? Suī bǎishì kě yě. [Pinyin]
Can the ninth generation descendant revenge (for his ancestor)? Even the hundredth descendant can (do it).

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

九世之仇

  1. irreconcilable resentments (from generations of hatred since the remote past)