誤魔化す

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Kanji in this term

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EtymologyEdit

First recorded in the Edo period.

According to one theory, formed from 護摩 (goma, a holy fire in esoteric Buddhism) + verbalizing suffix かす (kasu), from a common fraud perpetrated in the Edo period of dressing as a monk and selling regular ash purported to be ash from such holy fires.

Alternatively, from 胡麻菓子 (goma kashi, sesame candy), from a particular sesame candy in the Edo period called 胡麻胴乱 (goma dōran) and notable for being a mostly empty shell.

The kanji spellings are examples of ateji. The more common spelling is in hiragana, as ごまかす.

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VerbEdit

誤魔化す (transitive, godan conjugation, hiragana ごまかす, romaji gomakasu)

  1. to cheat or deceive
  2. to lie
  3. to evade a question or deflect attention; to gloss over a mistake; to fudge; to bullshit
  4. to embezzle
  5. to defraud or swindle

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  2. ^ 1997, 新明解国語辞典 (Shin Meikai Kokugo Jiten), Fifth Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13143-0