支那

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ChineseEdit

phonetic
simp. and trad.
(支那)

EtymologyEdit

From Sanskrit चीन ‎(cīna).

PronunciationEdit


Proper nounEdit

支那

  1. (often derogatory) China

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Kanji in this term

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle Chinese 支那 ‎(tsye na), a phonetic transcription of Sanskrit चीन ‎(cīna), itself likely deriving from Old Chinese ‎(*dzin), the name of the Qin Dynasty and the Qin state.

PronunciationEdit

Alternative formsEdit

Proper nounEdit

支那 ‎(hiragana しな, katakana シナ, romaji Shina)

  1. China (prewar; often considered derogatory in modern speech)

Usage notesEdit

The kanji spelling 支那 was more common historically, and is still encountered with some frequency when this word is used. Modern usage includes シナ in katakana. However, this term as a whole is used less frequently than in the past, due in part to changes in geopolitics.

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