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In Confucianism, the most basic of all virtues, variously translated as humaneness or benevolence. It originally denoted the kindness of rulers to subjects. Confucius identified ren as perfect virtue, and Mencius made it the distinguishing characteristic of humanity. In Neo-Confucianism it was a moral quality imparted by Heaven.
Variants of REN
ren or jen
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