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arrogant; proud; boastful; sluggish; lazy
Kanji 1837

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Synopsis

Many 慢 terms involve pride. These words run the gamut from healthy self-regard (in a few cases) to pompous self-importance (much more of the time). However, 慢 also plays a role in 我慢 (がまん: patience), an incredibly positive quality that the Japanese revere. The essay explains how this is possible and examines various views on what 我慢 truly means in Japanese culture. 

Revision history:

Jan. 28, 2020: 

  • p. 2: Etymology Box: Replaced the old Henshall etymology with the new one.
  • p. 16: Added a link to the Kanshudo games.

May 17, 2013: Originally published.

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