Germany; virtue; goodness; morality; ethics; kindness; favor; character; kind
|simp. and trad.
Transliteration of German Deutsch (“German”)/deutsch (“of Germany”). The choice of characters was inspired by 德 (dé, “morality”) and 意志 (yìzhì, “a person's intent”). The tendency to use commendatory characters in country names was also seen in "美國／美国 (Měiguó)" ("America", lit. pretty country), "英國／英国 (Yīngguó)" ("England", lit. flower/outstanding country) and "法國／法国 (Fǎguó)" ("France", lit. the law country).