ご臨終

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
りん
Grade: 6
しゅう > じゅう
Grade: 3
on'yomi

Etymology[edit]

(honorific prefix) +‎ 臨終 (dying hour)

Noun[edit]

ご臨終 (hiragana ごりんじゅう, romaji gorinjū)

  1. deathbed, dying moment, dying hour, one's last breath

Usage notes[edit]

This is a formal way of saying that a person has died. For example, a doctor would use this word rather than plain  () (shinu, die) when informing someone that their relative has just died.