In Kabuki terms, feelin’ blue

(Kumadori)

意気消沈
i.ki.shou.chin

Literally: mind – spirit – extinguish – sink

Alternately: Discouraged. Disheartened. Despondent. Not sad-sad or depressed per se, but feeling down and lacking energy, as after a setback.

Notes: 意気 is one’s spirits or sense of enthusiasm; we’ve actually seen it before. (And there are other phrases that include it as well, many of them positive.) 消沈 is when something, especially one’s energy, disappears.

The 消 character may also be written as equivalent characters 銷 or 悄.

About Confanity

I love the written word more than anything else I've had the chance to work with. I'm back in the States from Japan for grad school, but still studying Japanese with the hope of becoming a translator -- or writer, or even teacher -- as long as it's something language-related.
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