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differ from; short of; to lack; poor; send; a messenger; a mission; to commission; uneven; difference; discrepancy; to differ; error; to err; to make a mistake
 
strength; force; power; powerful; better
man; person; people
 
idea; meaning; wish; desire; (abbr.) Italy
trad. (差強人意)
simp. (差强人意)
alternative forms 差彊人意

EtymologyEdit

大司馬戰攻:「差彊人意。」 [Classical Chinese, trad.][▼ expand/hide]
大司马战攻:“差强人意。” [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: The Book of the Later Han, circa 5th century CE
Dì shí qiǎn rén guān dàsīmǎ hé wèi, hái yán fāng xiū zhàngōng zhī jù, nǎi tàn yuē: “Wúgōng chāqiángrényì, yǐn ruò yī dí guó yǐ.” [Pinyin]
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Sense #2 is a recent re-interpretation of the in this idiom as “below standard”.

PronunciationEdit


IdiomEdit

差強人意

  1. (approvingly) just passable; fair; adequate
  2. (neologism, disapprovingly) below standard and not quite satisfactory; barely acceptable; not that great; just ok; not the bomb