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渇しても盗泉の水を飲まず
Readings
かっしてもとうせんのみずをのまず
kasshitemotousennomizuwonomazu
English
Expression
Proverb
better starve than fatten on ill-gotten wealth, don't lower yourself to unjust acts, no matter how desperate you are, refraining to drink from a spring called Robber's Spring even if thirsty

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Kanjis
ON: カツ KUN: かわ.く
thirst, dry up, parch

Stroke: 11 JLPT: N1 SKIP: 1-3-8 FC: 3612.2


ON: トウ KUN: ぬす.む, ぬす.み
steal, rob, pilfer

Stroke: 11 JLPT: N2 SKIP: 2-6-5 FC: 3710.0


ON: セン KUN: いずみ
spring, fountain

Stroke: 9 Grade: 6 JLPT: N2 SKIP: 2-5-4 FC: 2623.3


ON: スイ KUN: みず, みず-
water

Stroke: 4 Grade: 1 JLPT: N4 SKIP: 1-1-3 FC: 1223.3


ON: イン, オン KUN: の.む, -の.み
drink, smoke, take

Stroke: 12 Grade: 3 JLPT: N4 SKIP: 1-8-4 FC: 8778.8


Phrases
渇しても盗泉の水は飲まず。
Parts: 渇しても盗泉の水を飲まず (かっしてもとうせんのみずをのまず)
The eagle does not catch flies.