스승

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Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in the Seokbo sangjeol (釋譜詳節 / 석보상절), 1447, as Middle Korean 스스ᇰ (Yale: susung). Seo Jeongbeom considers the “teacher” and “shaman” senses related, and derives it from root (sus) + suffix (-ung). The ultimate root is postulated to be *sam, meaning “word”. From the same source are the second syllable of 말씀 (malsseum, “word”), the now-dialectal word 심방 (simbang, “sorceress”), and Manchu ᠰᠠᠮᠠᠨ (saman, shaman).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key)[sʰɯsʰɯŋ]
  • Phonetic Hangul[]
Revised Romanization? seuseung
Revised Romanization (translit.)? seuseung
McCune–Reischauer? sŭsŭng
Yale Romanization? susung

Noun[edit]

스승 (seuseung)

  1. teacher, master, mentor, instructor
  2. (Pyeongbuk, Hamgyŏng dialect) sorceress, exorcist, shaman

Synonyms[edit]