東施效顰

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Chinese[edit]

effect; efficacy; imitate knit the brows
trad. (東施效顰/東施傚顰/東施效矉/東施傚矉) 東施 / /
simp. (东施效颦) 东施

Etymology[edit]

Based on a story in "The Circling Sky", in Zhuangzi (《莊子·天運》). Xishi (西施), a famous beauty in Chinese history, often frowned because of her heart disease. The ugly Dongshi (東施) of the same village imitated Xishi to try to be as beautiful as Xishi, but in turn made herself uglier and scared away the villagers.

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Idiom[edit]

東施效顰

  1. to imitate others only to make a fool of oneself; to attempt a crude or awkward imitation