誓い

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
ちか(い)
Grade: S
kun’yomi

Etymology[edit]

The 連用形 (ren'yōkei, continuative form) of 誓う (chikau, to swear, vow).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

誓い (hiragana ちかい, rōmaji chikai, historical hiragana ちかひ)

  1. an oath, pledge
    c. 1005, Shūi Wakashū (book 14, poem 870; also Hyakunin Isshu, poem 38)
     (わす)らるる ()をば (おも)はず (ちか)てし (ひと)のいのちの ()しくもあるかな
    wasuraruru mi o ba omowazu chikaite shi hito no inochi no oshiku mo aru kana
    It does not matter that I am now forgotten, but making an oath is the most precious moment in the whole life of a man.[2]
  2. (Shinto, Buddhism) vow that the Buddha pledged to save sentient beings (Can we verify(+) this sense?)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  2. ^ Fujiwara no Sadaie; Tom Galt (2014) The Little Treasury of One Hundred People, One Poem Each (Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation), Princeton University Press, ISBN 1-4008-5676-0