Mandate of Heaven

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Etymology 1[edit]

Translation of the Mandarin 天命

Proper noun[edit]

Mandate of Heaven

  1. Translation of "天命" name of the Qing Dynasty (in Mandarin "Tiānmìng")

Etymology 2[edit]

Translation of the Literary Chinese 天命

Proper noun[edit]

Mandate of Heaven

  1. The philosophical construct that is the basis of the authority of the Son of Heaven.


Mandate of Heaven ‎(plural Mandates of Heaven)

  1. Any such mandate or blessing.
  2. The Chinese philosophical concept of the circumstances under which a ruler is allowed to rule. Good rulers would be allowed to rule with the Mandate of heaven, and despotic, unjust rulers would have the Mandate revoked.


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