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Kanji in this term
ちか(い)
Grade: S
kun’yomi

EtymologyEdit

The 連用形 (ren'yōkei, continuative form) of 誓う (chikau, to swear, vow).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

誓い (hiragana ちかい, rōmaji chikai, historical hiragana ちかひ)

  1. an oath, pledge
    c. 1005, Shūi Wakashū (book 14, poem 870; also Hyakunin Isshu, poem 38)
     (わす)らるる ()をば (おも)はず (ちか)てし (ひと)のいのちの ()しくもあるかな
    wasuraruru mi o ba omowazu chikaite shi hito no inochi no oshiku mo aru kana
    It does not matter that I am now forgotten, but making an oath is the most precious moment in the whole life of a man.[2]
  2. (Shinto, Buddhism) vow that the Buddha pledged to save sentient beings (Can we verify(+) this sense?)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  2. ^ Fujiwara no Sadaie; Tom Galt (2014) The Little Treasury of One Hundred People, One Poem Each (Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation), Princeton University Press, ISBN 1-4008-5676-0