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德 is the simple way to express the ideas of having virtue, morals, kindness, benevolence, goodness etc. 德 also happens to be the first character of the Chinese word for Germany.
There is a slight deviation in the Japanese Kanji form. If you want the modern Japanese version, please click on the special Kanji shown to the right instead of the button above. Note that the traditional Chinese form is still readable and understood by Japanese people.
善 means goodness, virtue, good deed, charitable, benevolent, well-disposed, nice, pleasant, kind, or simply, "good."
善 is the kind of good that applies to someone's good character, or a good person in general.
Referring to someone with this word means that they have a well-aimed moral compass, are charitable, giving, wise, and honest. Basically, this is a blanket statement for every good trait a human can have, or all the things that make someone good.
In another context, it can mean to improve or perfect something or refer to someone who is good at something.
These are the core of Confucius philosophy. Simply stated they are:
benevolence / charity
justice / rectitude
courtesy / politeness / tact
wisdom / knowledge
fidelity / trust / sincerity
Many of these concepts can be found in various religious teachings. Though it should be clearly understood that Confucianism is not a religion but should instead be considered a moral code for a proper and civilized society.
This title is also labeled, "5 Confucian virtues."
If you order this from the Japanese calligrapher, expect the middle Kanji to be written in a more simple form (as seen to the right). This can also be romanized as "jin gi rei satoshi shin" in Japanese. Not all Japanese will recognize this as Confucian tenets but they will know all the meanings of the characters.
This literally reads, "Good Heart" but is used to refer to the ideas of kindness, benevolence, philanthropy, virtuous intentions, moral sense, and conscience.
Some will also translate this as morality of mind (as the character for heart is often used to mean mind).
In Japanese, this can be the given name Yoshinaka.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your moral and virtuous search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| shàn xīn / shan4 xin1
zenshin / ぜんしん
kindness; benevolence; philanthropy; virtuous intentions
virtue; moral sense; conscience; (given name) Yoshinaka
A good heart, or mind; good mind
| dà yì / da4 yi4
taigi / たいぎ
righteousness; virtuous cause; a woman's marriage; main points of a piece of writing
great cause; moral law; justice; (personal name) Hiroyoshi; (surname) Taigi; (surname) Oogi
|akubokutousen / akubokutosen / あくぼくとうせん||
(expression) (yoji) A virtuous person does (should) not commit an act that offends his moral principles no matter how hard pressed he may be
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Moral and Virtuous||德|
|toku||dé / de2 / de||te|
|善||zen||shàn / shan4 / shan|
|The Five Tenets of Confucius||仁義禮智信|
|jin gi rei tomo nobu |
|rén yì lǐ zhì xìn|
ren2 yi4 li3 zhi4 xin4
ren yi li zhi xin
|jen i li chih hsin
|Good Heart||善心||yoshinaka||shàn xīn / shan4 xin1 / shan xin / shanxin||shan hsin / shanhsin|
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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