出淤泥而不染

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Chinese[edit]

 
to go out; to come out; to occur; to produce; to go beyond; to rise; to put forth; to happen; (a measure word for dramas, plays, or operas)
silt; sludge; ooze
 
and; as well as; but (not); yet (not); (shows causal relation); (shows change of state); (shows contrast)
not; no; (negative prefix) to catch (a disease); dye
simp. and trad.
(出淤泥而不染)
淤泥

Etymology[edit]

Literally: emerge from the mud without becoming soiled

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

出淤泥而不染

  1. to rise out of the ghetto and make something of oneself; to have been in bad surroundings without allowing oneself to be affected by them.