Just the Worst

(Somehow I lined this up yesterday but utterly forgot to actually post it on schedule. My deepest apologies for any inconvenience!)


Literally: uncontrolled / licentious – oppress – violence – revert

Alternately: Crude, lecherous, boorish, cruel, violent, and lacking any empathy or mercy – in look, behavior, lifestyle, and/or general condition.

Notes: This is a relatively obscure and literary phrase, and my computer’s IME doesn’t even offer the character 婬 as an option when I type いん! (Incidentally, this character may be replaced with its more accessible cousin 淫 without any change in meaning or pronunciation. That said, the latter does seem to be significantly less common in terms of this yojijukugo.)

This is another compound of compounds. 婬虐 is “cruel and improper [behavior]”; 暴戻 is “brutality,” “tyranny.”


A depiction of Kato Akinari, what was apparently That Way

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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