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Chinese Text Project

U+624D

Seal script

Jinwen

Jiaguwen

Jianbo

Semantic variant

Specialized semantic variant

Specialized semantic variant

Radical:+ 0 strokes = 3 strokes total.
References:Guangyun: p.99#49 Kangxi: p.416#30 Cihai: p.558r2c01 GSR: 943.a Hanyu: v3,p1824#02
Composition:Component of: 𠄒 𨙴 𠮹 𢩱 𬁱 𥘔 𦬁 𬏛 𤿋 𦨑 𪪋 𬹅 [More]
Mandarin:cái ㄘㄞˊ
Cantonese:coi4
Tang reconstruction:*dzhəi
Shuowen:才部》才:艸木之初也。从丨上貫一,將生枝葉。一,地也。凡才之屬皆从才。
Guangyun:廣韻·上平聲··》才:用也,質也,力也,文才也。《說文》作才艸木之初也。
Kangxi:康熙字典·手部·手部》才:《唐韻》昨哉切《集韻》《韻會》《正韻》牆來切,𠀤音裁。《說文》艸木之初也。从丨,上貫一,將生枝葉。一,地也。《徐曰》上一,初生岐枝。下一,地也。《六書正譌》才,木質也。在地爲木,旣伐爲才,象其枝根斬伐之餘。从木省。別作材,非。又天地人爲三才。《易·繫辭》有天道焉,有人道焉,有地道焉。兼三才而兩之,故六。一曰能也。《禮·文王世子》必取賢斂才焉。《論語》才難,不其然乎。《前漢·武帝紀》其令州縣舉茂才異等。《唐書·百官志》擇人以四才。《邵堯夫曰》臨大事然後見才之難。才者,天之良質也,學者所以成其才也。又質也,力也。《·魯頌》思無期,思馬斯才。《傳》多材也。《孟子》非天之降才爾殊也。《近思錄》性出於天,才出於氣,氣淸則才淸,氣濁則才濁。又姓。明尙書才寬。又《集韻》通作材。《說文》材,水挺也。从木,才聲。《徐曰》木勁直可用,故曰入山掄可爲材者。人之有才,義出於此。又《正韻》與纔通。古用才爲纔始字。《晉書·謝混傳》才小冨貴,便豫人家事。又與裁通。《戰國策》惟王才之。又與財通。《前漢·揚雄傳》財足以奉宗廟。又《集韻》將來切,與哉同。亦始也。《爾雅·釋詁疏》哉,古文作才。以聲近,借爲哉始之哉。又作代切,音再。義同。又叶卽由切,音遒。《焦氏·易林》季子多才,使我不憂。
Fanqie:昨哉 (《廣韻·上平聲··》)
Unihan definition:talent, ability; just, only

Example usage

論語·泰伯》:子曰:「如有周公之之美,使驕且吝,其餘不足觀也已。」
The Master said, "Though a man have abilities as admirable as those of the duke of Zhou, yet if he be proud and niggardly, those other things are really not worth being looked at."
孟子·盡心上》:得天下英而教育之,三樂也。
That he can get from the whole kingdom the most talented individuals, and teach and nourish them; this is the third delight.
禮記·文王世子》:凡語於郊者,必取賢斂焉。
At all examinations in the suburban schools, the rule was to select the best and mark out the most talented.
揚子法言》:公儀子、董仲舒之之邵也,使見善不明,用心不剛,儔克爾?
Even with the perfection of Gong Yizi and Dong Zhongshu's talents, if they had not distinguished the good clearly, and if they had not used a steadfast mind, then how could they have so prevailed?
墨子·親士》:難令,然可以致君見尊。
Real talents may be hard to command, but they can be trusted to be envoys to the court of the emperor and to meet the nobility.
莊子·人間世》:怒其臂以當車轍,不知其不勝任也,是其之美者也。
It angrily stretches out its arms, to arrest the progress of the carriage, unconscious of its inability for such a task, but showing how much it thinks of its own powers.
史記·五帝本紀》:昔高陽氏有子八人,世得其利,謂之「八愷」。
In former days the Emperor Gaoyang had eight talented sons; the world benefited by them, and they were called the eight benevolent ones.
荀子·王制》:行反時者死無赦。
說苑·君道》:周公踐天子之位布德施惠,遠而逾明,十二牧,方三人,出舉遠方之民,有饑寒而不得衣食者,有獄訟而失職者,有賢而不舉者,以入告乎天子,天子於其君之朝也,攝而進之曰:「意朕之政教有不得者與!」
春秋繁露·十指》:論賢之義,別所長之能,一指也。
韓詩外傳·卷八》:對曰:「賞有能,招賢,退不肖。」
大戴禮記·千乘》:強股肱,質射御,武聰慧,治眾長卒,所以為儀綴於國。
白虎通德論·》:爵者,盡也,各量其職盡其也。
新序·善謀下》:攻城得賂,積財而不能賞,天下畔之,賢怨之,而莫為之用。
中論·治學》:故雖有其,而無其志,亦不能興其功也。
孔子家語·王言解》:則賢者說而不肖者懼,哀鰥寡,養孤獨,恤貧窮,誘孝弟,選能。
潛夫論·讚學》:而況君子敦貞之質,察敏之,攝之以良朋,教之以明師,文之以《禮》、《樂》,導之以《》、《》,讚之以《周易》,明之以《春秋》,其有濟乎?
論衡·命義》:顏淵困於學,以自殺。
風俗通義》:私懼後進,益以迷昧,聊以不,舉爾所知,方以類聚,凡一十卷,謂之《風俗通義》。
孔叢子·廣言》:佞,也。
申鑒·政體》:若乃二端不愆,五德不離,六節不悖,則三允序,五事交備,百工惟釐,庶績咸熙。
忠經·冢臣章》:雖有周、孔之,必以忠為本也。
素書·正道章》:德足以懷遠,信足以一異,義足以得眾,足以鑒古,明足以照下,此人之俊也。
新語·道基》:陳力就列,以義建功,師旅行陣,德仁為固,仗義而彊,調氣養性,仁者壽長,美次德,義者行方。
蔡中郎集》:夫書畫辭賦、之小者,匡國理政,未有其能。
列子·周穆王》:萬物滋殖,藝多方。
文子·守靜》:若然者,血脈無鬱滯,五藏無積氣,禍福不能矯滑,非譽不能塵垢,非有其世,孰能濟焉,有其不遇其時,身猶不能脫,又況無道乎。
文始真經·九藥》:不可以鄙猥,己。
列仙傳·涓子》:九仙既傳,三乃理。
老子河上公章句》:大巧若拙,大巧謂多術也。
韓非子·存韓》:臣視非之言,文其淫說,靡辯甚。
管子·參患》:道正者不安,則能之人去亡。
吳子·圖國》:今寡人不,而群臣莫及者,楚國其殆矣。
六韜·舉賢》:太公曰:「將相分職,而各以官名舉人,按名督實,選考能,令實當其名,名當其實,則得舉賢之道也。」
周髀算經·》:爽以暗蔽,學淺昧,隣高山之仰止,慕景行之軌轍,負薪餘日,聊觀《周髀》。
淮南子·齊俗訓》:下也,時弗宜也。
呂氏春秋·論威》:故古之至兵,民未合,而威已諭矣,敵已服矣,豈必用枹鼓干戈哉?
鬼谷子·謀篇》:智者達於數、明於理,不可欺以不誠,可示以道理,可使立功:是三也。
尹文子·大道下》:鈞智同,而彼貴我賤,能不怨則美矣。
鄧析子·轉辭》:今之為
君者
1,無堯舜之而慕堯舜之治,故終顛殞乎混冥之中,而事不覺於昭明之術,是以虛慕欲治之名,無益亂世之理也。
春秋左傳》:三月,晉侯潛會秦伯于王城,己丑,晦,公宮火,瑕甥,郤芮,不獲公,乃如河上,秦伯誘而殺之,晉侯逆夫人嬴氏以歸,秦伯送衛於晉三千人,實紀綱之僕,初,晉侯之豎頭須,守藏者也,其出也,竊藏以逃,盡用以求納之,及入,求見,公辭焉以沐,謂僕人曰,沐則心覆,心覆則圖反,宜吾不得見也,居者為社稷之守,行者為羈絏之僕,其亦可也,何必罪居者,國君而讎匹夫,懼者甚眾矣,僕人以告,公遽見之,狄人歸季隗于晉,而請其二子,文公妻趙衰,生原同,屏括,摟嬰,趙姬請逆盾,與其母,子餘辭,姬曰,得寵而忘舊,何以使人,必逆之,固請,許之,來,以盾為,固請于公,以為嫡子,而使其三子下之,以叔隗為內子,而己下之。

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