見聞

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term
けん
Grade: 1
ぶん
Grade: 2
on'yomi

Appears to be a Japanese coinage from Sinitic components, as a compound of (ken, seeing) +‎ (bun, hearing).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

見聞 (hiragana けんぶん, romaji kenbun)

  1. looking and listening, seeing and hearing
  2. experience, knowledge, what one has seen and heard
    見聞 (けんぶん) (ひろ)める
    kenbun o hiromeru
    to broaden one's experience or knowledge
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Verb[edit]

見聞 + する (hiragana けんぶんする, romaji kenbun suru)

  1. to observe, to experience, to see and hear
Conjugation[edit]
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Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term
けん
Grade: 1
もん
Grade: 2
on'yomi

Alteration from kenbun, using the go'on reading for .[2]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

見聞 (hiragana けんもん, romaji kenmon)

  1. looking and listening, seeing and hearing
  2. experience, knowledge, what one has seen and heard
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 3[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 1

Grade: 2
kun'yomi

Compound of (mi, seeing, the 連用形 (ren'yōkei, stem form) of 見る miru “to see”) +‎ 聞き (kiki, hearing, the 連用形 (ren'yōkei, stem form) of 聞く kiku “to hear”).[2]

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Usage notes[edit]

The 見聞き spelling with the okurigana is more common for this reading.

Generally speaking, terms read using the kun'yomi pronunciation are perceived as more casual and less formal than terms using the on'yomi, much as terms in English from Anglo-Saxon roots are perceived as less formal than synonyms from Latinate roots.

Noun[edit]

見聞 (hiragana みきき, romaji mikiki)

  1. Alternative spelling of 見聞き: looking and listening, seeing and hearing
  2. Alternative spelling of 見聞き: experience, knowledge, what one has seen and heard
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Verb[edit]

見聞 + する (transitive, hiragana みききする, romaji mikiki suru)

  1. Alternative spelling of 見聞き: to look and listen, to observe, to experience
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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, ISBN 978-4-14-011112-3
  2. 2.0 2.1 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan