壟斷

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See also: 垄断

Chinese[edit]

monopolize
 
absolutely; decidedly (in negative constructions); break; to judge
trad. (壟斷)
simp. (垄断)
alt. forms 龍斷龙断
隴斷陇断
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Etymology[edit]

From the book Mencius:

富貴富貴龍斷。……賤丈夫龍斷左右市利 [Classical Chinese, trad.]
富贵富贵龙断。……贱丈夫龙断左右市利 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: Mengzi (Mencius), circa 4th century BCE
Rén yì shú bù yù fùguì? Ér dú yú fùguì zhī zhōng, yǒu sī lǒngduàn yān....... Yǒu jiànzhàngfū yān, bì qiú lǒngduàn ér dēng zhī, yǐ zuǒyòu wàng ér wǎng shìlì. [Pinyin]
Who indeed is there of men but wishes for riches and honour? But he only, among the seekers of these, tried to monopolize the conspicuous mound. [] It happened that there was a mean fellow, who made it a point to look out for a conspicuous mound, and get up upon it. Thence he looked right and left, to catch in his net the whole gain of the market.

Pronunciation[edit]


Verb[edit]

壟斷

  1. (archaic) to trade in a market located on higher ground
  2. (figuratively) to monopolize; to corner (the market)

Derived terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

壟斷

  1. (archaic) higher ground
  2. (figuratively) monopoly; monopolization