魔神

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Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: S
じん
Grade: 3
on'yomi

From Middle Chinese 魔神 (*mɑ? *jhin, literally demon, evil spirit” + “god, spirit). Compare modern Mandarin 魔神 (móshén).

The goon reading, so likely the reading as originally imported from Middle Chinese.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

魔神 (hiragana まじん, romaji majin)

  1. a malevolent deity that causes misfortune and disaster
  2. an evil spirit
Synonyms[edit]
Usage notes[edit]

The mashin reading appears to be less common than the majin reading.

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: S
しん
Grade: 3
on'yomi

Shift in pronunciation from majin, using the kan'on reading of shin for .

/mad͡ʑin//maɕin/

A mixed goon-kan'on reading reading, so likely a later development after borrowing.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

魔神 (hiragana ましん, romaji mashin)

  1. a malevolent deity that causes misfortune and disaster
  2. an evil spirit
Synonyms[edit]
Usage notes[edit]

The mashin reading appears to be less common than the majin reading.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9