The Name Chaos in Chinese / Japanese...

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hùn dùn
konton
Chaos Scroll

混沌 is the Japanese, Korean and Chinese word that means absolute confusion, disorder and chaos.

This more directly refers to primal chaos or primeval chaos.

When reading something about Chinese mythology, you may find this term used to describe the formless mass before creation.

Chinese scientists sometimes use this word to refer to the nebulous state before the universe was formed or nebulosity.

In some context, this could mean "a state of confusion".

Chaos / Anarchy / Confusion / Mayhem

hùn luàn
kon ran
Chaos / Anarchy / Confusion / Mayhem Scroll

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.

dai kon ran
Havoc Scroll

This Japanese word means havoc, as in chaos, turmoil, or pandemonium.

Peaceful Chaos

píng jìng de hùn luàn
Peaceful Chaos Scroll

平靜的混亂 is NOT a typical Chinese phrase.

It was added to our calligraphy database at the request of a customer. These are two dynamically-opposed ideas but this is the way to express them together.

Stir the Chaos

jiǎo dòng hún dùn
Stir the Chaos Scroll

攪動混沌 means "stir the chaos" in Mandarin Chinese.

This was added to our database at the request of a customer.

It is proper grammar and meaning but is not and ancient Chinese phrase or title.


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Chaos混沌kontonhùn dùn / hun4 dun4 / hun dun / hundunhun tun / huntun
Chaos
Anarchy
Confusion
Mayhem
混亂
混乱
kon ran / konranhùn luàn / hun4 luan4 / hun luan / hunluan
Havoc大混亂
大混乱
dai kon ran
daikonran
Peaceful Chaos平靜的混亂
平静的混乱
píng jìng de hùn luàn
ping2 jing4 de hun4 luan4
ping jing de hun luan
pingjingdehunluan
p`ing ching te hun luan
pingchingtehunluan
ping ching te hun luan
Stir the Chaos攪動混沌
搅动混沌
jiǎo dòng hún dùn
jiao3 dong4 hun2 dun4
jiao dong hun dun
jiaodonghundun
chiao tung hun tun
chiaotunghuntun
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

混乱

see styles
 konran
    こんらん
Stir the Chaos Scroll
(noun/participle) disorder; chaos; confusion; mayhem

混亂


混乱

see styles
hùn luàn
    hun4 luan4
hun luan
Stir the Chaos Scroll
confusion; chaos; disorder
See: 混乱

混沌

see styles
hùn dùn
    hun4 dun4
hun tun
 konton
    こんとん
Stir the Chaos Scroll
primal chaos; formless mass before creation in Chinese mythology; muddled; innocent as a baby
(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

大混乱

see styles
 daikonran
    だいこんらん
chaos; turmoil; pandemonium; havoc

乱脈

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

乱麻

see styles
 ranma
    らんま
anarchy; chaos

亂世


乱世

see styles
luàn shì
    luan4 shi4
luan shih
the world in chaos; troubled times; (in Buddhism) the mortal world
See: 乱世

亂象


乱象

see styles
luàn xiàng
    luan4 xiang4
luan hsiang
chaos; madness

五濁


五浊

see styles
wǔ zhuó
    wu3 zhuo2
wu cho
 gotaku
the five impurities (Buddhism)
五滓; 五渾 The five kaṣāya periods of turbidity, impurity, or chaos, i. e. of decay; they are accredited to the 住 kalpa, see 四劫, and commence when human life begins to decrease below 20,000 years. (1) 劫濁 the kalpa in decay, when it suffers deterioration and gives rise to the ensuing form; (2) 見濁 deterioration of view, egoism, etc., arising; (3) 煩惱濁 the passions and delusions of desire, anger, stupidity, pride, and doubt prevail; (4) 衆生濁 in consequence human miseries increase and happiness decreases; (5) 命濁 human life time gradually diminishes to ten years. The second and third are described as the 濁 itself and the fourth and fifth its results; five turbidities

凌亂


凌乱

see styles
líng luàn
    ling2 luan4
ling luan
messy; disarrayed; disheveled; chaos

戦渦

see styles
 senka
    せんか
chaos of war; war turmoil

戰亂


战乱

see styles
zhàn luàn
    zhan4 luan4
chan luan
chaos of war

治乱

see styles
 chiran
    ちらん
(expression) (whether at) peace or at war; in peacetime and at war; order and chaos

混元

see styles
hùn yuán
    hun4 yuan2
hun yüan
 Kongen
time immemorial; origin of the universe; the world
primordial chaos; primordial chaos

混濁


混浊

see styles
hùn zhuó
    hun4 zhuo2
hun cho
 kondaku
    こんだく
turbid; muddy; dirty
(n,vs,n-pref) (1) turbidity; cloudiness (of a liquid); opacity; muddiness (e.g. water, mind, consciousness); (noun/participle) (2) disorder; chaos
to be turbid

混迷

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

渾沌

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

溷濁


溷浊

see styles
hùn zhuó
    hun4 zhuo2
hun cho
 kondaku
    こんだく
variant of 混濁|混浊[hun4 zhuo2]
(n,vs,n-pref) (1) turbidity; cloudiness (of a liquid); opacity; muddiness (e.g. water, mind, consciousness); (noun/participle) (2) disorder; chaos

滅裂

see styles
 metsuretsu
    めつれつ
(noun or adjectival noun) in chaos; incoherent

濁世


浊世

see styles
zhuó shì
    zhuo2 shi4
cho shih
 dakuse; dakusei; jokuse / dakuse; dakuse; jokuse
    だくせ; だくせい; じょくせ
the world in chaos; troubled times; the mortal world (Buddhism)
{Buddh} this corrupt or degenerate world; this world or life; the world of mankind
An impure world in its five stages, v. 五濁; defiled age

禍亂


祸乱

see styles
huò luàn
    huo4 luan4
huo luan
calamity and chaos; devastating disorder; great turmoil

紊亂


紊乱

see styles
wěn luàn
    wen3 luan4
wen luan
disorder; chaos
See: 紊乱

陥る

see styles
 ochiiru / ochiru
    おちいる
(v5r,vi) (1) to fall into (e.g. a hole); (2) to fall into (chaos, depression, dilemma, illness, etc.); (3) to fall into (a trap, etc.); (4) to fall; to surrender; to capitulate

カオス

see styles
 kaosu
    カオス
chaos (gre: khaos)

一團糟


一团糟

see styles
yī tuán zāo
    yi1 tuan2 zao1
i t`uan tsao
    i tuan tsao
chaos; bungle; complete mess; shambles

三眞如

see styles
sān zhēn rú
    san1 zhen1 ru2
san chen ju
 san shinnyo
Three aspects of the bhūtatathatā, implying that it is above the limitations of form, creation, or a soul. (1) (a) 無相眞如 without form; (b) 無生眞如 without creation; (c) 無性眞如 without anything that can be called a nature for comparison; e.g. chaos, or primal matter. (2) (a) 善法眞如 The bhūtatathatā as good; (b) 不善法眞如 as evil; (c) 無記法眞如 as neutral, or neither good nor evil; three kinds of thusness

乱れる

see styles
 midareru
    みだれる
(v1,vi) (1) to be disordered; to be disarranged; to be disarrayed; to be disheveled; to be dishevelled; (2) to be discomposed; to be upset; to get confused; to be disturbed; (3) to lapse into chaos (due to war, etc.)

混沌學


混沌学

see styles
hùn dùn xué
    hun4 dun4 xue2
hun tun hsüeh
chaos theory (math.)

無秩序


无秩序

see styles
wú zhì xù
    wu2 zhi4 xu4
wu chih hsü
 muchitsujo
    むちつじょ
disorder
(noun or adjectival noun) disorder; chaos; confusion

紊れる

see styles
 midareru
    みだれる
(v1,vi) (1) to be disordered; to be disarranged; to be disarrayed; to be disheveled; to be dishevelled; (2) to be discomposed; to be upset; to get confused; to be disturbed; (3) to lapse into chaos (due to war, etc.)

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