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    Yinshi

    Hello Everyone,

    Yinshi(隐士)in Chinese refers to those who are bored with the tumultous moral life, who have some frustrating experience, like constantly failing to realize their aspirations, ect and therefore flee from reality to an isolated area,like deep montainous regions.

    Tao Yuanming, who , in my memory, is introduced in one American textbook, in Dongjin Dynasty led a reclusive life after his resignation.

    I would like to know here what adjective we can use to describe such persons. In my textbook reclusive is used, which I don't consider it fit perfectly. Can you give some alternatives here?

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    Sky

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    Re: Yinshi

    Hi Sky,

    I am not a teacher. I think the word " reclusive" in your context is very smooth. Here's a word -"hermit" for your reference

    e.g. He spent the rest of his life as a hermit after he resigned office.

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    noun [C]
    a person who lives alone and apart from the rest of society, especially for religious reasons
    Hope other forumites could give you better answers.

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    Re: Yinshi

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi Sky,

    I am not a teacher. I think the word " reclusive" in your context is very smooth. Here's a word -"hermit" for your reference

    e.g. He spent the rest of his life as a hermit after he resigned office.

    Hope other forumites could give you better answers.

    Hermit is better, I think.


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    Re: Yinshi

    You can also use "recluse" which does not carry any religious connotation, whereas hermit can.

    Tao Yuanming, who, in my memory, is introduced in one American textbook, became a recluse after his resignation during the Dongjin Dynasty.

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