士為知己者死

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Chinese[edit]

scholar; warrior; knight
 
because of; for; to
because of; for; to; act as; take...to be; to be; to do; to serve as; to become
 
intimate friend; close friend; to know oneself; to be intimate with oneself
‑ist, ‑er (person); person (who does sth)
 
to die; impassable; uncrossable
to die; impassable; uncrossable; inflexible; rigid
trad. (士為知己者死) 知己
simp. (士为知己者死) 知己

Etymology[edit]

From Zhanguoce:

豫讓遁逃:「嗟乎士為知己者死。」 [Classical Chinese, trad.]
豫让遁逃:“嗟乎士为知己者死。” [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: Zhanguo Ce, circa 5th – 3rd centuries BCE
Yù Ràng dùntáo shān zhōng, yuē: “Jiēhū! Shìwèizhījǐzhěsǐ, nǚ wèi yuè jǐ zhě róng. Wú qí bào Zhì shì zhī chóu yǐ.” [Pinyin]
Yu Rang fled to the mountains, and said, "Alas! A man will die for someone who understands him, while a woman will adorn herself for a man that likes her. I must avenge the murder of Zhi Yao."

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Idiom[edit]

士為知己者死

  1. a gentleman will sacrifice his life for someone who understands and appreciates him