Taxonomy of meanings for 宗:

  • 宗 zōng (OC: tsuuŋ MC: tsuoŋ) 作冬切 平 廣韻:【衆也本也尊也亦官名漢書宗正秦官也掌親屬亦姓周卿宗伯之後出南陽又漢複姓二氏前漢有宗伯鳯南燕録有宗正謙善卜相作冬切二 】
    • ANCESTOR
      • nhonoured early ancestor of the clan; early ancestor, ancestry; common pre-Buddhist: ancestral, pertaining to ancestral worship or clan worship
      • npluralancestry; ancestors
      • nadNancestral
      • belonging to common ancestry>FAMILY
        • nccclan, the overall clan; the leading clan; clan as united by ancestral worship and respect for the living representative of the ancestors
      • figurative>SENIOR
        • nsubjectsenior person, Honoured Head
        • nadNoccupying the senior position of one's generation in the clan 宗子"heir", 宗婦 "wife of the heir, senior wife in the clan"
        • attitudinal>RESPECT
          • nadNrespected
          • vt+prep+Npay one's respects to (as in an ancestral temple)
          • vtoNpay one's high and religious respects to (someone) as one's ancestor or as a revered spirit
          • vtoNpassivebe held in the highest esteem
          • vt(oN)hold in high religious respect
          • vtoNintensitivehold on high respect, revere
      • place for the ancestors>TEMPLE
        • nOBI: ancestral temple; SHI: ancestral temple of the clan
      • figurative>BASIS
        • nabbasic point; basic doctrine
        • subjective>IMPORTANT
          • nabthe main point made by a text or a person, the main thing
          • nadNsuperlativemost important, cardinal; most significant
          • vtoNpassivebe taken as the most important thing
        • process>BEGIN
          • nabfigurativeessential origin, venerable origin 萬物之宗