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ChineseEdit

four the son of heaven; emperor
simp. and trad.
(四天王)
天王

PronunciationEdit


NounEdit

四天王

  1. (Buddhism) Synonym of 四大天王 (sìdàtiānwáng, “the four heavenly kings”).

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term

Grade: 1
てん
Grade: 1
おう > のう
Grade: 1
on’yomi

EtymologyEdit

/sitenwau/ > /sitenwɔː/ > /sitenwoː/ > /sitennoː/.

Borrowing from Chinese 四天王, ultimately translated from चतुर्महाराज (caturmahārāja).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

四天王 (hiragana してんのう, rōmaji shitennō, historical hiragana してんわう)

  1. (Buddhism) four guardian gods: Dhṛtarāṣṭra, Virūpākṣa, Virūḍhaka, and Vaiśravaṇa; the Four Heavenly Kings
  2. the four most superior individuals within a group or field