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Borrowed from Japanese ()() (ateji) or 宛字(あてじ) (ateji).

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ateji (countable and uncountable, plural ateji)

  1. (linguistics) The use of kanji chosen primarily for their phonetic (narrow sense) or semantic (broad sense) value to represent foreign or native Japanese words, or the kanji so used.

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  1. Rōmaji transcription of あてじ