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Kanji in this term
あま
Grade: 1
くだ
Grade: 1
kun’yomi

EtymologyEdit

Compound of (ama, heaven, heavens) +‎ 下り (kudari, the 連用形 (ren'yōkei, stem or continuative form) of verb 下る kudaru, “to descend, to come down”).[1][2]

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NounEdit

天下り (hiragana あまくだり, rōmaji amakudari)

  1. descent to earth from heaven
  2. the entity making such a visit: an avatar
  3. in Japan's postwar period, the practice of awarding a high-level bureaucrat with a high-paying job after retirement (also spelled 天下り): a kind of revolving door syndrome

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN