無形

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Chinese[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

無形

  1. invisible; intangible; formless

Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 4
ぎょう
Grade: 2
on'yomi

From Middle Chinese compound 無形 (mju heng, literally without shape). The goon, so likely the initial borrowing.

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Noun[edit]

無形 (hiragana むぎょう, romaji mugyō, historical hiragana むぎやう)

  1. (Buddhism): formlessness, bodylessness; something that is shapeless and invisible

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 4
けい
Grade: 2
on'yomi

From Middle Chinese compound 無形 (mju heng, literally without shape). A combined reading, using the goon for (mu) but the kan'on for (kei), so this reading likely represents a later development in Japan.

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Noun[edit]

無形 (hiragana むけい, romaji mukei)

  1. formlessness, shapelessness, invisibility, intangibility, incorporeality
    無形 (むけい) (ちから)無形 (むけい)固定資産 (こていしさん)
    mukei no chikara, mukei kotei shisan
    an invisible force, intangible fixed assets
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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  • 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan