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Pronunciation :
Meaning :
  1. dirty. (adj)
  2. corrupt. (adj)
  3. dirt. (n)
  4. to smear; to defile. (v)
Radical :
Strokes : 6
Traditional :
Usage : 6.2%
Common Words / Phrases:
wū rǎn
: pollution; contamination
wū huì
: nasty; sordid; filthy
tān wū
: corruption
wū rǔ
: to humiliate; to insult
1. Environmental pollution is a world wide problem.
huán jìng rǎn shì quán qiú xìng de wèn
环境 : environment
污染 : pollution
: is
: measure word
全球性 : global
: particle used after an attribute; to
问题 : problem; issue
2. The corn had been contaminated and could not be eaten.
zhè xiē shòu dào le rǎn néng shí yòng
这些 : these
玉米 : corn
受到 : to suffer from; receive
: particle indicating that something has happened
污染 : pollute
不能 : cannot
食用 : be eaten
3. He insulted me by saying that.
shuō zhǒng huà lái
: he
: say
那种 : that kind of
: words
: used before verb, indicating an intended or suggested action
污辱 : insult
: me
4. He was charged with embezzlement.
bèi kòng tān
: he
被控 : be charged
贪污 : corruption
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2 thoughts on “污”

  1. Hi Min Min, here is another bit of feedback on an English translation. “Smut” in modern British English is mostly used as a derogatory term for pornography. It’s original sense was soot (the black spots from something being burnt) or a fungal disease that attacks wheat (which I never knew about until I saw your translation). “Smutted” seems to be mainly used as an adjective, “smutted wheat”. So I think your best translation is “the corn had been attacked by smut” (if you want to be specific about the disease), or “the corn had been contaminated (or spoiled)” (if you want to be as unspecific as the original Chinese).

    1. Hi Alastair,
      Thanks for your feedback.
      I have changed “smutted” to “contaminated”, which I think is more appropriate too.

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