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[men-shee-uh s] /ˈmɛn ʃi əs/
c380–289 b.c, Chinese philosopher.
Also called Mengtzu, Mengtse, Mengtze, Mengzi. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He knows but little of Confucius, and absolutely nothing of Mencius.

  • Any one who did not do so, said Mencius, would have the heart of a wolf.

  • A systematic digest of the doctrines of the Chinese philosopher, Mencius.

    The Life of a Conspirator

    Thomas Longueville
  • Mencius spoke often and in no uncertain words upon this theme.

    Oriental Women

    Edward Bagby Pollard
  • To this Mencius replied that the circumstances of the case forbid it.

    Village Life in China Arthur H. Smith
  • Confucius and Mencius, the great sages of antiquity, were only teachers.

    Village Life in China Arthur H. Smith
  • Mencius replied, "He was dissatisfied and full of earnest desire."

    The Wisdom of Confucius Epiphanius Wilson
  • Mencius replied, "He invested him with a State, and some have said that it was banishing him."

    The Wisdom of Confucius Epiphanius Wilson
  • Mencius replied, "No; the emperor cannot give the empire to another."

    The Wisdom of Confucius Epiphanius Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for Mencius


/ˈmɛnʃɪəs; -ʃəs/
Chinese name Mengzi or Meng-tze. ?372–?289 bc, Chinese philosopher, who propounded the ethical system of Confucius
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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