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Chengyu
良药苦口
Pinyin
liáng yào kǔ kǒu
English
bitter pills have a wholesome effect / unpalatable advice benefit one's conduct
Explanation
Meaning
好药往往味苦难吃。比喻衷心的劝告,尖锐的批评,听起来觉得不舒服,但对改正缺点错误很有好处。
Context
《韩非子·外储说左上》:“夫良药苦于口,而智者劝而饮之,知其入而已己疾也。”《孔子家语·六本》:“良药苦于口而利于病,忠言逆于耳而利于行。”
Example
夫~,惟冼者能甘之。忠言逆耳,惟达者能受之。 ◎《三国志·吴志·孙奋传》
Synonyms
忠言逆耳
Antonyms
口蜜腹剑、笑里藏刀、甜言蜜语
Grammar
主谓式;作主语、宾语、分句;用于规劝
 
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