混沌

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 5 Jinmeiyō

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Adjective[edit]

混沌 (-tari inflection, hiragana こんとん, romaji konton)

  1. chaotic

Adverb[edit]

混沌 (hiragana こんとん, romaji konton)

  1. chaotically

Noun[edit]

混沌 (hiragana こんとん, romaji konton)

  1. chaos

Mandarin[edit]

simpl. and trad.

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Etymology[edit]

Old Chinese *guːnʔ duːnʔ. The variant 渾淪 (húnlún) suggests that this perhaps came from *guːnʔ l̥uːnʔ ~ guːnʔ ruːnʔ, from **gruːnʔ, from the root *k(V)r- ("to flow > to mix > to be turbid, chaotic"). Compare , (hún, gŭn, hùn, OC *guːn(ʔ), *guːns, "rapidly flowing water; turbidity; confusedness; unclearness; big; whole"), Korean 흐르다 (heureuda, “to flow; to float; to fill”), 흐리다 (heurida, “to be turbid, unclear, indistinct”), 흐릿하다 (heurithada, “to be vague, indistinct”).

Noun[edit]

混沌 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin hùndùn)

  1. Hundun, or the unclear, confused and nebulous state of the primordial world
  2. wholeness, inseparability
  3. unclearness, indistinctness, obscurity, vagueness, obfuscation
  4. silliness, stupidity
  5. a mythical creature
  6. (physics) chaos

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