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Change log entry 67953
Processed by: richwarm (2019-08-15 03:24:17 GMT)
Comment: << review queue entry 64561 - submitted by 'sl89' >>
* Exterminate 斩 a family and 抄 confiscate their property, this part is missing.
* 满门 doesn't mean specifically "unto the third generation".
If 满门抄斩 is used hyperbolically/metaphorically, "to execute the whole family unto the third generation" is a good translation, it has the same classical/biblical feel, but as a dictionary definition it's misleading.

【Wenlin】
f.e. exterminate a whole family and confiscate its property

【MoE】
全家遭受抄家斩首。如:「古代严刑峻罚,往往一人有罪,便满门抄斩。」


大傑聯合法律事務所律師邱鎮北表示,既然人沒有選擇父母的權利,為什麼要為父母所犯的錯負責?「罪及妻孥」並不符合現代法律精神。

然而,過去君王時代不僅罪及妻孥,一人犯錯,滿門抄斬、株連九族的例子也比比皆是。究其原因與中國人重視家族有關,所謂「一人得道,雞犬升天」,一個人好的作為可以「光宗耀祖」、「光耀門楣」;相反地若犯罪或失勢,也會殃及親屬。

Chiu Chen-pei, a lawyer with Power Well Law Offices, asks why it is that although people have no power to choose their parents, we nonetheless make them responsible for their parents' mistakes. He says that the ancient Chinese idea that guilt extends to the wife and children of a criminal is not in keeping with the spirit of modern law.

In imperial days, guilt didn't even stop with the wife and children. Examples abound of entire clans being executed for the crimes of one member. The importance with which Chinese view family relationships has led to adages such as "if a man be moral, even his dogs and chickens will ascend unto heaven." Good works "glorify one's ancestors" and "shine honor on one's door." Likewise, if one commits a crime or loses one's position, it reflects on the whole family.

https://www.taiwan-panorama.com/Articles/Details?Guid=48c5fd33-a41a-44b9-a845-451fe8ca1c7a&CatId=1
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Editor: Thanks.
Our definition was most likely copied from zdic, which can be an unreliable source (at least, their English glosses can be).
https://www.zdic.net/hans/%E6%BB%BF%E9%96%80%E6%8A%84%E6%96%AC
Diff:
- 滿門抄斬 满门抄斩 [man3 men2 chao1 zhan3] /to execute the whole family unto the third generation/
+ 滿門抄斬 满门抄斩 [man3 men2 chao1 zhan3] /to execute the whole family and confiscate their property/
By MDBG 2019
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