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魔神

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Etymology 1Edit

Kanji in this term

Grade: S
じん
Grade: 3
on'yomi

From Middle Chinese 魔神 (*mɑ? *jhin, literally demon, evil spirit” + “god, spirit). Compare modern Mandarin 魔神 (móshén).

The goon reading, so likely the reading as originally imported from Middle Chinese.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

魔神 (hiragana まじん, romaji majin)

  1. a malevolent deity that causes misfortune and disaster
  2. an evil spirit
SynonymsEdit
Usage notesEdit

The mashin reading appears to be less common than the majin reading.

Etymology 2Edit

Kanji in this term

Grade: S
しん
Grade: 3
on'yomi

Shift in pronunciation from majin, using the kan'on reading of shin for .

/mad͡ʑin//maɕin/

A mixed goon-kan'on reading reading, so likely a later development after borrowing.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

魔神 (hiragana ましん, romaji mashin)

  1. a malevolent deity that causes misfortune and disaster
  2. an evil spirit
SynonymsEdit
Usage notesEdit

The mashin reading appears to be less common than the majin reading.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9