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  1. Shi

    Shi is the Chinese word for "poetry". Shi is traditionally the most poetic of the various forms of Chinese poetry. In modern times, shi can and has been used as an umbrella term to mean poetry in any form or language, whether or not Chinese; but, it may imply or be used to refer to certain classical forms of poetry, for example the folk song derived poetry of the Classic of Poetry, the classic reference of shi. The poetry of China has tended to be especially associated in Europe and America with the written word, the exposure to Europeans and Americans of what to them were and often are the novel implications expressed or latent in Chinese characters and the exquisite beauty displayed by some examples of Chinese calligraphy, including often the writing of poetry. Often, the transmission of these aspects of Chinese was indirectly through Japanese adaptations of Chinese poetry forms, such as kanshi, or writing, particularly kanji: one example of this is Ernest Fenollosa. The unfolding of this historical process has resulted in an undue association in the west of Chinese poetry and written literature, especially the Chinese character. This has not been the case in China. Although historically and culturally, in China literature and literacy has a close association with poetry and the ability to write and to chant poems was for long considered an essential part of being scholar, poetry in China has always had a close association with the spoken, or sung, or chanted word. Thus while shi can mean poetry, it carries implications of the meaning of song or ode. In fact, the folk poetry of the illiterate masses, often in the form of songs or ballads, have been an abiding influence upon the shi of the literati, who often reworked these poems or adapted their styles, as is the case, for example with the Shijing, the Chu ci and the whole Ci genre. Indeed, shi can be divided into many categories, such as Biblical Psalms, Classical Chinese poetry, knight-errant poetry; and so, in short, shi today basically overlaps with the term "poetry".

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  1. IHS

  2. ish, Ish

  3. his , His

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shi in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shi in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. State John Kerry:

    The fact is that Daesh kills Christians because they are Christians. Yazidis because they are Yazidis. Shi'ites because they are Shi'ites.

  2. Alex Vatanka:

    There is a large pool to draw from, there are pockets within that Shi'ite community that have been willing to pick up arms to fight for their Shi’ite identity, their sectarian identity. And that’s what the IRGC is tapping into.

  3. Masoud Barzani:

    Iraq is not real, it exists only on the map. The country is killing itself. The Shi'ites and Sunnis cannot live together. How can they expect us to live with them? Our culture is different. The mentality of Kurds is different. We want a divorce.

  4. Ayham Kamel:

    There is still a central government in Baghdad that is nominally in charge of the country as a whole, but in real terms the central government is less relevant in Kurdish areas, it is irrelevant in the Sunni heartland and it is also less relevant in the (Shi'ite) south.

  5. Pamela Robey:

    My fellows, Songtao Shi and Stan Gronthos, did the work in my lab, songtao Shi is a dentist, and basically Songtao Shi observed that, when you get a cavity, you get what's called' reparative dentin.' In other words, the tooth is trying to protect itself from that cavity, so it makes a little bit of dentin to kind of plug the hole, so to speak.

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