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JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
むしば
Hyōgaiji
kun'yomi

EtymologyEdit

Compare 虫歯 (むしば) (mushiba, dental cavity)

VerbEdit

蝕む (godan conjugation, hiragana むしばむ, rōmaji mushibamu)

  1. (of bugs) to eat through; to damage
  2. (figuratively) to destroy or damage one's mind/mental health or body
     (からだ) (むしば)
    karada o mushibamu
    to eat away at the body
     (びょう) () (むしば)まれる
    byōma ni mushibamareru
    to be crippled by a disease
    • 岸田國士, 日本人とは?
       (せい) (しゅん) (ゆめ) (むしば) (りっ) (しん) (しゅっ) () (しゅ) () (ちょう) (りょう)[1]
      seishun no yume o mushibamu risshin-shusse-shugi no chōryō
      the rampancy of rising-in-the-world-ism that eats away at adolescent dreams

ConjugationEdit