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JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
れい
Grade: 4
しょく
Grade: 2
kan’on

EtymologyEdit

From the Analects of Confucius. Analysis:  (れい) (rei, good, nice, lovely) +  (しょく) (shoku, look, expression).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

令色 (hiragana れいしょく, rōmaji reishoku)

  1. assuming deliberately nice and courteous looks in order to curry favor with someone; wearing a sycophantic expression
     (こう) (げん) (れい) (しょく) (すくな) (じん)
    Kōgen reishoku sukunashi jin
    Honey words and flattering looks mean scarce benevolence in those who use them.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN