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Etymology 1Edit

Kanji in this term
Grade: 3 Grade: S
Irregular

From (itazura, useless, vain).[1]

The kanji are ateji (当て字), from (evil, bad) + (frolic).

PronunciationEdit

  • (Irregular reading)

NounEdit

悪戯 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 惡戲, hiragana いたずら, rōmaji itazura, historical hiragana いたづら)

  1. tease, prank, trick, practical joke, mischief
    • 1906, Natsume Sōseki, Botchan:
      この (ほか)いたずら大分 (だいぶ)やった。
      Konohoka itazura wa daibu yatta.
      Besides the above, I did many other mischiefs.
  2. playing with (a lighter, for example), tampering with, fooling around with, messing around with
  3. hobby, pastime
  4. action that is a considered a misconduct (Can we verify(+) this sense?)
  5. sexual assault, molestation, rape
Usage notesEdit
  • This term is often spelled in hiragana.
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Kanji in this term
あく
Grade: 3

Grade: S
on’yomi

From the on'yomi reading of the ateji spelling.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

悪戯 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 惡戲, hiragana あくぎ, rōmaji akugi)

  1. Same as いたずら (itazura) above.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9