愚公

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Chinese[edit]

stupid; foolish old man
simp. and trad.
(愚公)
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愚公

  1. a character portrayed in the text Liezi: an old man who was determined to move a mountain, see 愚公移山 (yúgōngyíshān)

Noun[edit]

愚公

  1. (figuratively) resolute person who does not submit to difficulties
  2. (figuratively) recluse; hermit

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: S
こう
Grade: 2
on’yomi

Etymology[edit]

The name of a character in the fifth volume, 湯問 or "The Questions of Tang", of the Chinese Daoist text 列子 or Liezi. The name literally means "stupid and common". In the story, two large mountains stand before the character's house, impeding access, so the character and his family begin moving the mountains.  A different character portrayed as a clever wag derides the family for their foolishness in moving the mountains instead of their house, but the emperor hears about them and is so impressed with their ambition and dedication that he arranges to have the mountains moved.

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Proper noun[edit]

愚公 (hiragana ぐこう, rōmaji Gukō)

  1. the character in the Chinese text Liezi.

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