The Alternative Chinese Dictionary: 畜生

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畜生 〈chù shēng〉 {{zh-forms}} Alternative forms: {{zh-l}} etymology {{zh-compound}} Variant: 畜牲 〈chù shēng〉. First attested in Han Feizi (book) (circa 2nd century BC). The expletive sense was attested in the Book of Sui (7th century AD). Influenced, through Buddhism, by Sanskrit तिर्यग्योनि 〈tiryagyōni〉 and Pali tiracchānayoni during the Six Dynasties times, as this word was used as a translation of the Sanskrit and Pali terms. Compare 牲畜 〈shēng chù〉. pronunciation {{zh-pron }}
noun: {{zh-noun}}
  1. domestic animal; livestock; brute
  2. (offensive) beast, bugger, a contemptible person; brute
descendants: {{Sinoxenic-word}}

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