悪戯

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Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 3 Grade: S
Irregular

From (itazura, useless, vain).[1]

The kanji are ateji (当て字), from (evil, bad) + (frolic).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Irregular reading)

Noun[edit]

悪戯 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 惡戲, hiragana いたずら, rōmaji itazura, historical hiragana いたづら)

  1. tease, prank, trick, practical joke, mischief
    • 1906, Natsume Sōseki, Botchan:
      この (ほか)いたずら大分 (だいぶ)やった。
      Konohoka itazura wa daibu yatta.
      Besides the above, I did many other mischiefs.
  2. playing with (a lighter, for example), tampering with, fooling around with, messing around with
  3. hobby, pastime
  4. action that is a considered a misconduct (Can we verify(+) this sense?)
  5. sexual assault, molestation, rape
Usage notes[edit]
  • This term is often spelled in hiragana.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term
あく
Grade: 3

Grade: S
on’yomi

From the on'yomi reading of the ateji spelling.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

悪戯 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 惡戲, hiragana あくぎ, rōmaji akugi)

  1. Same as いたずら (itazura) above.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9