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Etymology 1

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Kanji in this term
のろ
Grade: S
kun’yomi

The 連用形 (ren'yōkei, continuative or stem form) of verb 呪う (norou, to curse someone or something).[1]

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Noun

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(のろ) (noroiのろひ (norofi)?

  1. (fantasy, occult) a curse (supernatural detriment)
  2. a spell (evil magic)
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Etymology 2

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Kanji in this term
まじな
Grade: S
kun’yomi

The 連用形 (ren'yōkei, continuative or stem form) of verb 呪う (majinau, to use a charm, to use magic).[1]

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(まじな) (majinaiまじなひ (mazinafi)?

  1. (fantasy, occult) incantation, magic spell
    • 2007, 新時代日漢辭典新时代日汉辞典 (Xīn Shídài Rì-hàn Cídiǎn), 1st edition, 大新書局大新书局 (Dàxīn Shūjú), →ISBN:
      (まじな)(びょう)()(なお)
      Majinai de byōki o naosu
      Use spells to cure illness
  2. deception, manipulation of someone
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  • The kanji spelling 呪い is more commonly read as noroi (“curse”) in modern Japanese. Consequently, the majinai reading is more commonly spelled in kana.
  • But when with the honorific prefix , お呪い is always read as おまじない
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References

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Shōgaku Tosho (1988) 国語大辞典(新装版) [Unabridged Dictionary of Japanese (Revised Edition)] (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan, →ISBN
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute, editor (1998), NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 [NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary] (in Japanese), Tokyo: NHK Publishing, Inc., →ISBN
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Matsumura, Akira, editor (2006), 大辞林 [Daijirin] (in Japanese), Third edition, Tokyo: Sanseidō, →ISBN