安贫乐道 (an pin le dao): translation, meaning, pronunciation, examples

By | November 18, 2017

安贫乐道 (Chinese PinYin: [ān pín lè dào]; traditional Chinese: 安貧樂道) may mean: (1) repose in poverty and delight in wisdom; (2) be content to lead a humble but virtuous life; (3) be happy to live a simple and virtuous life. The term is a Chinese idiomatic expression that originates from the “Book of the Later Han (后汉书)” with the relevant originate text being: “安贫乐道;恬于进趣;三辅诸儒莫不慕仰之。”. It is traditionally a commendatory term but today it is sometimes used to remind someone to be content with poverty or the status quo. Some common phrases and expressions are: 安贫乐道的人 (those who are rich in spirit), 安贫乐道的生活态度 (the attitude of leading a humble but virtuous life), 安贫乐道的人生 (a humble but virtuous life).

Literally: 安 (be content with) + 贫 (poor) + 乐 (happy with) + 道(wisdom)

1. How to pronounce 安贫乐道?

Chinese Pinyin: [ān pín lè dào]

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2. Synonyms And Antonyms of 安贫乐道

Synonyms: 与世无争, 安贫守道, 乐道安命

Antonyms: 愤世嫉俗, 胡作非为, 为所欲为, 不甘食贫, 愤世妒俗

3. What are the fixed expression, collocation and idioms that contains 安贫乐道

Fixed expression: N/A

Collocation: 安贫乐道的人 (those who are rich in spirit), 安贫乐道的生活态度 (the attitude of leading a humble but virtuous life), 安贫乐道的人生 (a humble but virtuous life),

Idioms: 安贫乐道

4. How to use 安贫乐道 in a sentence?

Below are some example sentences and quotes containing 安贫乐道 .

4.1 我选择安贫乐道的生活。

Translation: I am happy to live a virtuous life even if in a state of poverty.

4.2 既然选择了这个清贫的行业,就要安贫乐道。

Translation: Since you have chosen this least-profitable industry, you should be content with it .

4.3 安贫乐道,你才能享受更多的自由

Translation: Be content to lead a humble but virtuous life, only in this way you can enjoy more freedom.

4.4 在那段物质匮乏的时期, 他安贫乐道,依然专心写作

Translation: During poverty, he was still content with his life and focused on writing.

4.5 再次,他还论及隐居生活的自我人格完善,也就是要保持安贫乐道的生活态度。

Translation: Thirdly, he discusses the perfection of the self-personality in the solitude, that is, man should be content to lead a humble but virtuous life.

4.6 安贫乐道的人是有福的

Translation: Those who are rich in spirit are fortunate.

4.7 他安贫乐道的处世态度、淡泊名利的价值观使得他颇有独特性。

Translation: His contentment with life and ideology without seeking fame makes him unique.

4.8 安贫乐道一定程度上有助于专心做好学问

Translation: Contentment with poverty to some degree may help engage in scholarship.

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