混沌

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
Grade: 5 Jinmeiyō

Alternative formsEdit

  • 渾沌

AdjectiveEdit

混沌 (-tari inflection, hiragana こんとん, romaji konton)

  1. chaotic

AdverbEdit

混沌 (hiragana こんとん, romaji konton)

  1. chaotically

NounEdit

混沌 (hiragana こんとん, romaji konton)

  1. chaos

MandarinEdit

simpl. and trad.

Alternative formsEdit

  • 渾沌/浑沌
  • 渾敦
  • 混淪/混沦
  • 渾淪/浑沦

EtymologyEdit

Old Chinese *guːnʔ duːnʔ. The variant 渾淪 (húnlún) suggests that this perhaps came from *guːnʔ l̥uːnʔ ~ guːnʔ ruːnʔ, from **gruːnʔ, from the root *k(V)r- ("to flow > to mix > to be turbid, chaotic"). Compare , (hún, gŭn, hùn, OC *guːn(ʔ), *guːns, "rapidly flowing water; turbidity; confusedness; unclearness; big; whole"), Korean 흐르다 (heureuda, “to flow; to float; to fill”), 흐리다 (heurida, “to be turbid, unclear, indistinct”), 흐릿하다 (heurithada, “to be vague, indistinct”).

NounEdit

混沌 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin hùndùn)

  1. Hundun, or the unclear, confused and nebulous state of the primordial world
  2. wholeness, inseparability
  3. unclearness, indistinctness, obscurity, vagueness, obfuscation
  4. silliness, stupidity
  5. a mythical creature
  6. (physics) chaos

DescendantsEdit

  • Japanese: 渾沌, 混沌 (こんとん)
  • Korean: 혼돈 (hondon) (混沌/渾沌)
  • Vietnamese: hỗn độn (混沌)

Derived termsEdit

Last modified on 14 April 2014, at 16:57