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白衣公卿
Pinyin
bái yī gōng qīng
Explanation
Meaning
古时指进士。唐代人极看重进士,宰相多由进士出身,故推重进士为白衣卿相,是说虽是白衣之士,但享有卿相的资望。
Context
五代·王定保《唐摭言·卷一·散序进士》:“缙绅虽位极人臣,不由进士者,终不为美,以至岁贡常不减八九百人,其推重谓之‘白衣公卿’,又曰‘一品白衫’。”
Synonyms
白衣卿相
Grammar
联合式;作宾语;指古代读书人
 
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