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U+52E2

Seal script

Simplified character

Radical:+ 11 strokes = 13 strokes total.
References:Guangyun: p.379#7 Kangxi: p.149#04 Cihai: p.199r2c03 GSR: 330.l Hanyu: v1,p0377#03
Composition:Top: , bottom: . Component of: 𫸾 𫉥
Mandarin:shì ㄕˋ
Cantonese:sai3
Tang reconstruction:*shiɛ̀i
Shuowen:力部》势:盛力权也。从力埶声。经典通用埶。
Guangyun:广韵·去声··》势:形势。
Kangxi:康熙字典·力部·十一》势:《唐韵》舒制切《集韵》《韵会》《正韵》始制切,𠀤音世。《说文》盛权力也。《孟子》好善而忘势。又《广韵》形势。《易·坤卦》地势坤。又《增韵》气焰也。《书·君𨻰》毋倚势作威。又《韵会》外肾爲势。宫𠛬,男子割势。又《韵补》叶式列切,音设。《木华·海赋》羣山旣略,百川潜渫。泱漭澹泞,腾波赴势。
Fanqie:舒制 (《广韵·去声··》)
Unihan definition:power, force; tendency

Example usage

孟子·尽心上》:孟子曰:“古之贤王好善而忘,古之贤士何独不然?”
Mencius said, 'The able and virtuous monarchs of antiquity loved virtue and forgot their power. And shall an exception be made of the able and virtuous scholars of antiquity, that they did not do the same?'
礼记·礼运》:如有不由此者,在者去,众以为殃,是谓小康。
Any rulers who did not follow this course were driven away by those who possessed power and position, and all regarded them as pests. This is the period of what we call Small Tranquillity.
扬子法言》:或曰:“君子病没世而无名,盍诸名卿,可几也。”
Someone said: Confucius said, "The junzi worries about leaving the world without having established a reputation." So why not use power to obtain it? Those with high-ranking office can seek a reputation. Confucius said, "The junzi worries about leaving the world without having established a reputation."
墨子·兼爱中》:昔者文王之治西土,若日若月,乍光于四方于西土,不为大国侮小国,不为众庶侮鳏寡,不为暴夺穑人黍、稷、狗、彘。
When King Wen was ruling the Western land, he shone forth like the sun and the moon all over the four quarters as well as in the Western land. He did not allow the big state to oppress the small state, he did not allow the multitude to oppress the singlehanded, he did not allow the influential and strong to take away the grain and live stock from the farmers.
庄子·秋水》:当尧、舜而天下无穷人,非知得也,当桀,纣而天下无通人,非知失也,时适然。
Under Yao and Shun there was no one in the kingdom reduced to straits like mine; and it was not by their sagacity that men succeeded as they did. Under Jie and Zhou no (good and able man) in the kingdom found his way to employment; and it was not for (want of) sagacity that they failed to do so. It was simply owing to the times and their character.
道德经》:道生之,德畜之,物形之,成之。
All things are produced by the Dao, and nourished by its outflowing operation. They receive their forms according to the nature of each, and are completed according to the circumstances of their condition.
商君书·算地》:夫治国舍而任谈说,则身劳而功寡。
In administrating the country, they reject power and indulge in talking. By talking, their persons become cultivated, but their success is small.
孙子兵法·始计》:计利以听,乃为之,以佐其外。
While heading the profit of my counsel, avail yourself also of any helpful circumstances over and beyond the ordinary rules. According as circumstances are favorable, one should modify one's plans.
荀子·正名》:故明君临之以,道之以道,申之以命,章之以论,禁之以刑。
说苑·辨物》:山川污泽,陵陆丘阜,五土之宜,圣王就其,因其便,不失其性。
春秋繁露·竹林》:齐顷公亲齐桓公之孙,国固广大而地便利矣,又得霸主之余尊,而志加于诸侯。
韩诗外传·卷一》:马鸣而马应之,牛鸣而牛应之,非知也,其然也。
白虎通德论》:股肱之臣,任事者也,为其专权擅,倾覆国家。
新书·铸钱》:则大烦苛而民弗任,且力不能而不可施。
新序·善谋下》:及周之衰分为两,天下莫朝,周不能制,非德薄,形弱也。
中论·贵言》:导人必因其性,治水必因其
孔子家语·致思》:故道虽贵,必有时而后重,有而后行。
潜夫论·务本》:故君子曰:财贿不多,衣食不赡,声色不妙,威不行,非君子之忧也。
论衡·命禄》:使富贵若凿沟伐薪,加勉力之趋,致强健之,凿不休则沟深,斧不止则薪多,无命之人,皆得所愿,安得贫贱凶危之患哉?
太玄经·𤕠》:测曰,“白日临辰”、老得也。
风俗通义·孝文帝》:文帝虽节俭,未央前殿至奢,雕文五采,尽华榱壁璫,轩槛皆饰以黄金,其不可以书囊为帷。
孔丛子·执节》:不可也。
申鉴·时事》:今郡县无常,权轻不固,而州牧秉其权重,异于古,非所以强干弱枝也,而无益治民之实,监察御史斯可也。
忠经·观风章》:不惮以举任。
素书·原始章》:贤人君子,明于盛衰之道,通乎成败之数,审乎治乱之,达乎去就之理。
新语·辨惑》:故行或合于世,或顺于耳,斯乃阿上之意,从上之旨,操直而乖方,怀曲而合邪,因其刚柔之,为作纵横之术,故无忤逆之言,无不合之义者。
蔡中郎集·汉津赋》:嘉清源之体兮,澹澶湲以安流。
列子·黄帝》:中夜,禾生、子伯二人相与言子华之名,能使存者亡,亡者存。
鶡冠子·天则》:捐物任者,天也,捐物任,故莫能宰而不天。
文子·道原》:贵忘乎位,而在乎自得,自得即天下得我矣。
列仙传·师门》:师门使火,赫炎其
老子河上公章句》:强梁者不得其死,强粱者,谓不信玄妙,背叛道德,不从经教,尚任力也。
韩非子·存韩》:今赵欲聚兵士卒,以秦为事,使人来借道,言欲伐秦,其必先韩而后秦。
慎子·威德》:由此观之,贤不足以服不肖,而位足以屈贤矣。
管子·轻重甲》:管子对曰:“厌宜乘,事之利得也,计议因权,事之囿大也。”
吴子·料敌》:六国兵四守,甚不便,忧此奈何?
六韬·上贤》:四曰:士有抗志高节以为气,外交诸侯、不重其主者,伤王之威。
尉缭子·踵军令》:合表,乃起踵军,飨士,使为之战,是谓趋战者也。
三略·上略》:破之。
淮南子·齐俗训》:然而令行乎天下,权制诸侯钧者,审于之变也。
吕氏春秋·壅塞》:牛之性不若羊,羊之性不若豚,所自视之过也,而因怒于牛羊之小也,此狂夫之大者。

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