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Chaos / Anarchy / Confusion / Mayhem

China hùn luàn
Japan kon ran
Chaos / Anarchy / Confusion / Mayhem

The first character means confused, dirty, muddy or mixed.

The second character means confusion and disorder.

Together, these characters mean chaos, and sometimes extended to mean a type of anarchy.

This term is often used in a less-than-literal term to describe anything in disarray. Someone might use this word in a sentence like, "My kitchen is in a state of chaos" or "my life is so chaotic."

Japanese Chaos Please note that Japanese use an alternate/simplified version of the second character of chaos - it also happens to be the same simplification used in mainland China. Click on the character to the right if you want the Japanese/Simplified version of this two-character chaos calligraphy.

Lost / Dazed and Confused

Japan mei
Lost / Dazed and Confused

迷 is one of those characters that can mean a lot of different things depending on context. When written alone, as a single character on a wall scroll, it opens up the possibilities, and allows you to decide what it means to you.

The key definition is "to be lost." This could be physically or mentally lost. It can be someone lost in their thoughts, lost in an ocean, or just confused about where they are. The reason for the confused state may be due to internal or external reasons.

Here are some entries from various Asian dictionaries...

Chinese: lost, confused, bewilder, crazy about, fan, enthusiast, mystery.

Japanese: lost, astray, be perplexed, in doubt, err, illusion.

Korean: lost, bewildered, fascinated, deluded.

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Mandarin dòng / dong4
Taiwan tung
Japanese yurugi ゆるぎ
Chinese (of something) to move; to set in movement; to displace; to touch; to make use of; to stir (emotions); to alter; abbr. for 動詞|动词[dong4 ci2], verb
Japanese motion; change; confusion; (female given name) Yurugi
Move, stir, motion, mutable; movement arises from the nature of wind which is the cause of motion.
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Japanese konran こんらん
Japanese (noun/participle) disorder; chaos; confusion; mayhem

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Mandarin hùn luàn / hun4 luan4
Taiwan hun luan
Chinese confusion; chaos; disorder
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Mandarin hùn dùn / hun4 dun4
Taiwan hun tun
Japanese konton こんとん
Chinese primal chaos; formless mass before creation in Chinese mythology; muddled; innocent as a baby
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) confusion; chaos; disorder; (adj-t,adv-to) (2) chaotic; confused; uncertain; disarrayed; (given name) Konton
Mixed, confused, in disorder; primordial chaos
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Mandarin luàn / luan4
Taiwan luan
Japanese ran
Chinese in confusion or disorder; in a confused state of mind; disorder; upheaval; riot; illicit sexual relations; to throw into disorder; to mix up; indiscriminate; random; arbitrary
Disturb, perturb, confusion, disorder, rebellion; confused, distracted

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Mandarin mǐn / min3
Taiwan min
Japanese min みん
Chinese to vanish; to die out; to obliterate
Japanese (given name) Min
Vast; to flow off; ruin, confusion; to be destroyed

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Mandarin bīn / bin1
Taiwan pin
Chinese helter-skelter; mixed colors; in confusion

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Mandarin chàn / chan4
Taiwan ch`an / chan
Japanese san
Chinese to mix; to blend; to dilute; to adulterate
Crowding sheep, confusion; translit. kṣan, ṣan.

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Japanese ranchou / rancho らんちょう
Japanese confusion

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Japanese ranmyaku らんみゃく
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) disorder; confusion; chaos

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Japanese ranzatsu らんざつ
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) clutter; disorder; promiscuity; affray; confusion; muddle

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Mandarin èr xīn / er4 xin1
Taiwan erh hsin
Japanese futagokoro ふたごころ
 nishin にしん
Chinese disloyalty; half-heartedness; duplicity
Japanese duplicity; treachery; double-dealing
The two minds, 眞心 the original, simple, pure, natural mind of all creatures, the Buddha-mind, i.e. 如來藏心; and 妄心 the illusion-mind, which results in complexity and confusion. Also, 定心 the meditative mind, or mind fixed on goodness; and the 散心 the scattered, inattentive mind, or mind that is only good at intervals.

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Mandarin yāo yán / yao1 yan2
Taiwan yao yen
Japanese yougen / yogen ようげん
 oyozuregoto およずれごと
Chinese heresy
Japanese dire prophecy that creates confusion; (archaism) groundless rumor (rumour); misleading rumor

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Japanese shijin しじん
Japanese city dust; city confusion

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Japanese touwaku / towaku とうわく
Japanese (noun/participle) bewilderment; perplexity; embarrassment; confusion

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Mandarin bīng luàn / bing1 luan4
Taiwan ping luan
Chinese confusion of war; turmoil of war

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Mandarin hùn tóng / hun4 tong2
Taiwan hun t`ung / hun tung
Japanese kondou / kondo こんどう
Chinese to mix up; to confuse one thing with another
Japanese (noun/participle) confusion; mixing; merger

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Japanese konsen こんせん
Japanese (noun/participle) crossed wires or lines (of communication); confusion

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Japanese konmei / konme こんめい
Japanese (noun/participle) turmoil; chaos; confusion

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Japanese konzatsu こんざつ
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) congestion; crush; crowding; jam; (2) confusion; disorder

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Japanese konton こんとん
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) confusion; chaos; disorder; (adj-t,adv-to) (2) chaotic; confused; uncertain; disarrayed

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Japanese wakuran わくらん
Japanese (noun/participle) bewilderment; confusion

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Mandarin hūn mí / hun1 mi2
Taiwan hun mi
Japanese konmei / konme こんめい
Chinese to lose consciousness; to be in a coma; stupor; coma; stunned; disoriented
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) stupefaction; stupor; unconsciousness; confusion
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Japanese magure まぐれ
 magire まぎれ
Japanese fluke; chance; (suffix) confusion

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Japanese funpun ふんぷん
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) confusion; scattering

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Japanese funran ふんらん
Japanese (noun/participle) confusion; disorder

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Japanese funkyuu / funkyu ふんきゅう
Japanese (noun/participle) complication; confusion; disorder

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Mandarin fēn fēn / fen1 fen1
Taiwan fen fen
Japanese funpun ふんぷん
Chinese one after another; in succession; one by one; continuously; diverse; in profusion; numerous and confused; pell-mell
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) confusion; scattering

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Mandarin fēn rán / fen1 ran2
Taiwan fen jan
Japanese funzen ふんぜん
Japanese (n,adj-t,adv-to) confusion; disorder
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Japanese waizatsu わいざつ
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) confusion; disorder

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
kon ran / konranhùn luàn / hun4 luan4 / hun luan / hunluan
Dazed and Confused
meimí / mi2 / mi
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In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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