부인

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Korean[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Sino-Korean word from 夫人, from  (“husband”) and (“person”)

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Noun[edit]

부인 (bu-in) (hanja 夫人)

  1. (honorific) (another person's) wife
  2. (historical) Honorary title bestowed on ladies of the high aristocracy in the Goryeo and Joseon dynasties; Lady.
Usage notes[edit]
  • It's impolite to refer to own wife as 부인.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Japanese 否認 (ひにん, hinin)

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Noun[edit]

부인 (bu-in) (hanja 否認)

  1. denial; disaffirmation
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