Gishin Anki (疑心暗鬼 - Doubts Beget Doubts)

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Jan 14, 2019 18:18 English essay
Gishin Anki

Today, I saw a person who has a mind called 'gishin anki' (疑心暗鬼).

This four-character idiom mean to be afraid of trivial things or suspect everything.

'Gi' (疑) means "suspicion," 'shin' (心) means "heart" or "mind," 'an' (暗) means "dark," and 'ki' (鬼) means "ogre."

In other words, 'gishin anki' implies a mind of suspecting that there is an ogre because of the darkness.

Originally, this idiom was used as a Buddhist term to mean to have a suspecional mind to the truth of Buddhism.



「疑」は "suspicion"、「心」は "heart/mind"、「暗」は "dark"、「鬼」は "ogre" を意味します。


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