miè to extinguish; to exterminate or wipe out; to drown; to put out

Made up of [ huǒ fire radical 86, one radical 1]
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

The modern form is easy to remember it is 'fire' under a 'lid' and hence extinguished. The old form put out the fire with water
Number of strokes: 5

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Also uses huǒ component: dēng (lamp) kǎo (to roast) pào (cannon) qiú (autumn) zāi (disaster) zhà (to explode)
Also uses component: bǎi (hundred) bǐng (third in order) bù (no; not) chǒu (shameful) dàn (dawn) dé (virtue) huà (to draw) huò (maybe) jiāng (border) kāi (begin) lì (beautiful) liǎng (pair) měng (Mongol) qiě (and) shì (life) yǔ (to give) zài (again) zhèng (correct)

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Pronunciation

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Proverbs

蜡烛照亮别人,却毁灭了自己 là zhú zhào liàng bié rén, què huǐ miè le zì jǐ Helping others at the cost of not looking after yourself
大义灭亲 dà yì miè qīn Prepared to kill one's own family to keep to the law. Back in the Spring and Autumn Period a father, Shi Que, uncovered the murder of the king of Wei was done by a treasonous group which included his own son Shi Hou. Believing he could not show him special treatment he had him executed.

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