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English Definitioninstead; on the contrary; contrary (to expectations)
Simplified Script倒反
Traditional ScriptSame
Effective Pinyin
(After Tone Sandhi)
Zhuyin (Bopomofo)ㄉㄠˋ ㄈㄢˇ
Cantonese (Jyutping)dou3faan2
Word Decomposition
dàoto place upside down; to invert; to pour; to throw out; to move backwards; however; actually; as a matter of fact; contrary to expectation
fǎncontrary; in reverse; inside out or upside down; to reverse; to return; to oppose; opposite; against; anti-; to rebel; to use analogy; instead; abbr. for 反切 phonetic system

Related Words

Words With Same Head Word    
倒退dàotuìto fall back; to go in reverse
倒数dàoshùinverse number; reciprocal (math.)
倒像dàoxiànginverted image; reversed image (e.g. upside down)
倒刺dàocìbarb; barbed tip (e.g. of fishhook)
Words With Same Tail Word    
违反wéifǎnto violate (a law)
相反xiāngfǎnopposite; contrary
造反zàofǎnto rebel; to revolt
三反sānfǎn"Three Anti" campaign (anti-corruption, anti-waste, anti-bureaucracy), early PRC purge of 1951-52
平反píngfǎnpolitical rehabilitation
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