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Chengyu
十室九空
Pinyin
shí shì jiǔ kōng
English
whole towns are deserted
Explanation
Meaning
室:人家。十家有九家一无所有。形容人民大量死亡或逃亡后的荒凉景象。
Context
《抱朴子·用刑》:“徐福出而重号淘之仇,赵高入而屯豺狼之党,天下欲反,十室九空。”
Example
~,百姓怨嗟,如出一口。 ◎唐·韩愈《黄家贼事宜状》
Synonyms
颠沛流离、家破人亡
Antonyms
人烟稠密、安居乐业
Grammar
主谓式;作谓语;含贬义
 
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