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Meaning of "wuxia" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD WUXIA

From Chinese: martial-chivalric.
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PRONUNCIATION OF WUXIA

wuxia  [ˈwuːˌʃiːˈɑː] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF WUXIA

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Wuxia is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES WUXIA MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Wuxia

Wuxia, which literally means "martial hero", is a broad genre of Chinese fiction concerning the adventures of martial artists. Although wuxia is traditionally a form of literature, its popularity has caused it to spread to diverse art forms such as Chinese opera, manhua, films, television series and video games. It is a component of popular culture in many Chinese-speaking communities around the world. The word "wuxia" is a compound word composed of the words wu and xia. A martial artist who follows the code of xia is often referred to as a xiake or youxia. In some translated works of wuxia, the martial artist is sometimes termed as a "swordsman" or "swordswoman" even though he or she may not necessarily wield a sword. Typically, the heroes in wuxia fiction do not serve a lord, wield military power or belong to the aristocratic class. They are often from the lower social classes of ancient Chinese society. Wuxia heroes are usually bound by a code of chivalry that requires them to right wrongs, fight for righteousness, remove an oppressor, redress wrongs and bring retribution for past misdeeds.

Definition of wuxia in the English dictionary

The definition of wuxia in the dictionary is a genre of Chinese fiction and film, concerning the adventures of sword-wielding chivalrous heroes.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH WUXIA


ICR
ˌaɪsiːˈɑː
koekoea
kɒəkɒəˈɑː
pasear
pæseɪˈɑː
R&R
ˌɑːrənˈɑː

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE WUXIA

wurley
wurlie
wurst
wurtzite
wurzel
wus
wushu
Wusih
wuss
wussier
wussies
wussiest
wussy
wuther
wuthering
Wuthering Heights
Wutsin
Wuxi
wuzzle

WORDS THAT END LIKE WUXIA

alexia
anorexia
anoxia
apraxia
asphyxia
ataraxia
ataxia
Brixia
cachexia
dyslexia
dyspraxia
hyperprosexia
hyperpyrexia
hypoxia
ixia
locomotor ataxia
orthorexia
panmixia
pyrexia
pyrrhuloxia

Synonyms and antonyms of wuxia in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «wuxia» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF WUXIA

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武侠
1,325 millions of speakers

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wuxia
570 millions of speakers

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wuxia
510 millions of speakers

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wuxia
380 millions of speakers
ar

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wuxia
280 millions of speakers

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Wuxia
278 millions of speakers

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wuxia
270 millions of speakers

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wuxia
260 millions of speakers

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wuxia
220 millions of speakers

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Wuxia
190 millions of speakers

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Wuxia
180 millions of speakers

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wuxia
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

무협
85 millions of speakers

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Wuxia
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

võ hiệp
80 millions of speakers

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Wuxia
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

वूक्सिया
75 millions of speakers

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wuxia
70 millions of speakers

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wuxia
65 millions of speakers

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Wuxia
50 millions of speakers

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Wuxia
40 millions of speakers

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wuxia
30 millions of speakers
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wuxia
15 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Afrikaans

wuxia
14 millions of speakers
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wuxia
10 millions of speakers
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wuxia
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of wuxia

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «WUXIA»

The term «wuxia» is regularly used and occupies the 105.307 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «WUXIA» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about wuxia

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «WUXIA»

Discover the use of wuxia in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to wuxia and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Chinese Martial Arts Cinema: The Wuxia Tradition
This is the first comprehensive, fully-researched account of the historical and contemporary development of the traditional martial arts genre in the Chinese cinema known as wuxia (literal translation: martial chivalry) - a genre which ...
Stephen Teo, 2009
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Multiple Interplays: Americans' Perceptions of Two Chinese ...
... on their cultural background. He finds from the questionnaires that most of the US respondents like this movie because as a Wuxia genre film, this movie is refreshing to them, and is very different from the Kung Fu genre they are familiar with.
Ying Huang, 2006
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Art, Politics, and Commerce in Chinese Cinema
The historical or historicist proclivities of wuxia have often been invoked by filmmakers and proponents of the genre as testimony of it being a “national form” (minzu xingshi) or something akin to the concept. Du Yunzhi, the veteran film critic ...
Ying Zhu, Stanley Rosen, 2010
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Jet Li: Chinese Masculinity and Transnational Film Stardom
Leon Hunt concludes that 'the relationship between the terms “kung fu” and “ wuxia” is both complex and context-specific' (2006: 2). In this book, I adopt the most common Chinese perception and treat kung fu films as a subgenre of wuxia films.
Sabrina Yu, 2012
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Wuxia
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online.
Lambert M. Surhone, Miriam T. Timpledon, Susan F. Marseken, 2010
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The Art of Movies:
Nicolae Sfetcu. ○ House of Flying Daggers (2004) — globally released wuxia. ○ Kung Fu Hustle (2004) - Stephen Chow's mo lei tau (ແྚ಄) parody of the wuxia genre, and one of the highest grossing films in Hong Kong's history ...
Nicolae Sfetcu, 2014
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Asian Popular Culture: The Global (Dis)continuity
Withinthe Chineseculturalsphere,the wuxia genre of games accounts for at least 20 percent of the market in Taiwan, and more than half of the market in China. Wuxia figures prominently inthepopular cultureof Chinesespeaking areas by way of ...
Anthony Y.H. Fung, 2013
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A Companion to Chinese Cinema
The wuxia shenguai film was a money-spinning genre in the best of times, but it could still be counted on to pull in the masses during hard times. In 1932 the film industry was facing bankruptcy. The economy of Shanghai's hinterland, based on  ...
Yingjin Zhang, 2012
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Cinema Taiwan: Politics, Popularity and State of the Arts
It is notable that in the recent renaissance of Chinese-language cinema, wenyi and wuxia return together as powerful source materials for filmmakers to venture onto global screens. Examples include In theMoodforLove (2000, wenyi); Hero ...
Darrell William Davis, Ru-shou Robert Chen, 2007
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Wuxi: Wuxia, Jianghu, the Legend of Sword and Fairy
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online.
Books, LLC, General Books LLC, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «WUXIA»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term wuxia is used in the context of the following news items.
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A stoic Shu Qi stalks her prey in the trailer for Hou Hsiao-hsien's The …
The A.V. Club's Ignatiy Vishnevetsky took note of Hou Hsiao-hsien's wuxia tale of acrobatic swordplay, calling The Assassin the most beautiful film at Cannes. «A.V. Club Denver/Boulder, Aug 15»
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Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Wuxia Epic 'The Assassin' Astonishes Cannes
The historic plot machinations of "The Assassin" are tricky to follow for westerners not steeped in wuxia culture. The simple version of the story involves a young ... «Indie Wire, May 15»
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The Assassin: recensione del wuxia di Hou Hsiao-Hsien in concorso …
A un occhio inesperto, il rischio è che con i wuxia, i film di cappa e spada orientali, possano sembrare tutti uguali, per via di un nucleo di trame ricorrenti, ... «ComingSoon.it, May 15»
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Blade & Soul confirmed for this winter, NCsoft West finally localizing …
First came Korea, then cake China, Japan and Taiwan, but now Blade & Soul is finally gearing up for western release. It's the wuxia-inspired martial arts MMO ... «Neoseeker, May 15»
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Wuxia Receives a Special Mention at the 2015 Numix Awards
TORONTO, May 20, 2015 /CNW/ - Groupe Media TFO is proud to announce that the Wuxia project has earned a special mention from the jury at Grand Prix ... «Canada NewsWire, May 15»
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The Met's China Exhibit: Thoughtful, Beautiful, and Surprisingly …
Clockwise from top: Balenciaga dresses in the silk gallery, Craig Green in the Wuxia gallery, and John Galliano for Dior in the Anna May Wong gallery. Photos: ... «Racked, May 15»
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Love letter to the wuxia genre
THE Theatre Practice's original wuxia play is the most handsome, high-kicking production one has seen so far this year. The elegant set designs by Wong Chee ... «THE BUSINESS TIMES, Apr 15»
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Theatre review: Theatre Practice's first Chinese martial arts play is a …
Written by Liu Xiaoyi and directed by Kuo Jian Hong, the play grapples with a familiar wuxia scenario - the bloodshed unleashed when various martial arts sects ... «The Straits Times, Mar 15»
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WHITE HAIRED WITCH: New US Trailer For The Wuxia Fantasy
Jacob Cheung's wuxia fantasy White Haired Witch hits DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD on March 10th from Well Go USA and we've got the new US trailer to share for ... «TwitchFilm, Feb 15»
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1001 Fights: Wuxia chivalry took Alibaba's Jack Ma to the top
Throughout his youth Ma enjoyed reading wuxia novels with their chivalric tales of martial arts heroes, which instilled in him a strong sense of justice — but also ... «WantChinaTimes, Jan 15»

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