haggard; sad; downcast; distressed
|simp. and trad.
- (of person) wan and sallow; thin and pallid; haggard; emaciated
- 衣帶漸寬終不悔，為伊銷得人憔悴。 [Classical Chinese, trad.]
- From: 11th century, Ouyang Xiu, Lyrics to the Melody of Butterflies Chasing Flowers (蝶戀花)
- Yīdài jiàn kuān zhōng bù huǐ, wèi yī xiāo dé rén qiáocuì. [Pinyin]
- Becoming loose are my clothes yet I regret not,
For I languish and suffer for her willingly.
衣带渐宽终不悔，为伊销得人憔悴。 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
- (of plants) withered; wilted
- (literary, of person) weary; enervated
- (literary) to suffer; to experience hardship; to languish; to be worried
- 民之憔悴於虐政，未有甚於此時者也。 [Classical Chinese, trad.]
- From: Mencius, circa 4th century BCE
- Mín zhī qiáocuì yú nüèzhèng, wèi yǒu shèn yú cǐshí zhě yě. [Pinyin]
- Never was there a time when the sufferings of the people from tyrannical government were more intense than the present.
民之憔悴于虐政，未有甚于此时者也。 [Classical Chinese, simp.]