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[men-shee-uh s] /ˈmɛn ʃi əs/
c380–289 b.c, Chinese philosopher.
Also called Mengtzu, Mengtse, Mengtze, Mengzi. Unabridged
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  • How often both Confucius and Mencius repeat the highest requirement of a ruler of men to consist in benevolence.

  • He knows but little of Confucius, and absolutely nothing of Mencius.

  • To this Mencius replied, Can you, without interfering with the natural constitution of the wood, make out of it a bowl?

  • Mencius spoke often and in no uncertain words upon this theme.

    Oriental Women Edward Bagby Pollard
  • Finally, Mencius declared that for whatever evil men may commit, their natures can in nowise be blamed.

    The Civilization Of China Herbert A. Giles
  • Confucius and Mencius, the great sages of antiquity, were only teachers.

    Village Life in China Arthur H. Smith
  • Any one who did not do so, said Mencius, would have the heart of a wolf.

  • Mencius said, "May I hear from you what it is that your Majesty greatly desires?"

    The Wisdom of Confucius Epiphanius Wilson
  • The works of Mencius abound, like the Confucian Analects, in sententious utterances.

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/ˈmɛnʃɪəs; -ʃəs/
Chinese name Mengzi or Meng-tze. ?372–?289 bc, Chinese philosopher, who propounded the ethical system of Confucius
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