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大义灭亲【dà yì miè qīn】

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There was a stalwart official called Shi Que during the Spring and Autumn Period. His son Shi Hou helped Prince Zhou Yu assassinate the current emperor of the State Wei and raised Zhou Yu to be the next governor. Their ruthlessness aroused the public’s anger, including Shi Que. Thereby, Shi Que cooperated with the emperor of the State Chen to arrest and execute the two murderers. People all praised Shi Que’s attitude. 

[Annotation] 义: Righteousness. 亲: Relatives.

[Definition] Punish the relatives for their illegal behaviours to preserve the country's benefit. 


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