霊魂

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Kanji in this term
れい
Grade: S
こん
Grade: S
kan’on

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Chinese 靈魂 (MC leŋ ɦuən).

First cited to the 康頼宝物集 (Yasuyori Hōbutsu-shū) of roughly 1179.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

霊魂(れいこん) (reikon (kyūjitai 靈魂)

  1. [from circa 1179] the soul of a person or thing
    Synonyms: (tamashī), 魂魄 (konpaku), 魄霊 (hakurei)
  2. [from circa 1220] a ghost, a shade, a phantom of someone who has died

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN