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Secret Scroll

密 can mean secret, secrecy, confidential, quiet, still, and/or esoteric.

As a piece of calligraphy artwork, it will be read with this secret or secrecy meaning.

When used in the context between people, this can mean: close; close together; intimate; closed in.

When referring to materials or objects, it can refer to thickness, density, thick, dense, fine, and/or small.

In Chinese, this can be the surname Mi.
In Japanese, this can be the name Mitsu.


Darkness Scroll

闇 is the shortest and universal way (in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja) to write "darkness".

In Chinese this can mean: dark, gloomy, hidden, secret, to shut the door, unilluminated.

In Japanese this can mean: darkness, the dark, black-marketeering, dark, shady, illegal.

In old Korean Hanja this can mean: dark, obscure, hidden, secret.

暗 Note that there is an alternate form of this character. It is used as an alternate in all three languages (that rarely happens). You can see this alternate version to the right. If you want to order that version, please click on that character, instead of the button above.


an koku
Darkness Scroll

暗黒 is the two-character Japanese word for darkness.

The first Kanji can mean unilluminated, dark, gloomy, hidden, secret.
The second character means black or dark.

Together, these two Kanji will be understood as dark or darkness.


hēi àn
Darkness Scroll

黑闇 is the two-character Chinese word for darkness.

The first character alone means black or dark.

The second character has several possible meanings, depending on context; They include: to shut the door, unilluminated, dark, gloomy, hidden, secret.

Together, these two characters will, in most cases, simply be translated as "dark" or "darkness".

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Secretmitsumì / mi4 / mi
yamiàn / an4 / an
Darkness暗黒an koku / ankoku
hēi àn / hei1 an4 / hei an / heian
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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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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/ mi4
 mitsu / みつ
Darkness Scroll
secret; confidential; close; thick; dense
(noun or adjectival noun) (1) (ant: 疎・そ・1) dense; thick; crowded; (2) close (relationship); intimate; (3) minute; fine; careful; (4) secret; (5) (abbreviation) {Buddh} (See 密教・みっきょう) esoteric Buddhism; secret Buddhist teachings; (surname, female given name) Mitsu
Closed in; close together; intimate; quiet, still; secret, occult, esoteric; fine, small; contrasted with 顯 open, exoteric. Cf. 祕.

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àn / an4
 an / ひかげ
dark; gloomy; hidden; secret; muddled; obscure; in the dark
(female given name) Hikage
Dark, dim, gloom, dull; secret, hidden; darkness

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hēi / hei1
Darkness Scroll
black; dark; sinister; secret; shady; illegal; to hide (something) away; to vilify; (loanword) to hack (computing)
kāla; kṛṣṇa; black; dark.


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 nainai / ないない    uchiuchi / うちうち (adj-no,adv,n) family circle; the inside; private; informal; secret; confidential


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hū xī / hu1 xi1
hu hsi
 kokyuu / kokyu / こきゅう
Darkness Scroll
to breathe
(noun/participle) (1) breathing; respiration; (2) knack; trick; secret (of doing something); (3) harmony; balance; synchronization; accord; (4) (See 一呼吸) short interval; short pause
Exhale and inhale; to exhale and inhale


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shén mì / shen2 mi4
shen mi
 shinpi / しんぴ
Darkness Scroll
mysterious; mystery
(n,adj-na,adj-no) mystery; mysteriousness; secret; (female given name) Shinpi

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míng / ming2
 myō / めい
dark; deep; stupid; the underworld
(female given name) Mei
Darkness, obscurity; deep. Hades; used chiefly in the sense of 無知 ignorance, profound, secret, invisible, e.g. as opposed to 顯 open, manifest; darkness

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bāng / bang1
to help; to assist; to support; for sb (i.e. as a help); hired (as worker); side (of pail, boat etc); outer layer; upper (of a shoe); group; gang; clique; party; secret society

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qián / qian2
ch`ien / chien
 sen / せん
hidden; secret; latent; to hide; to conceal; to submerge; to dive
(given name) Sen
to hide away

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/ mi4
variant of 秘[mi4]
Secret, occult, esoteric; opposite of 顯; secret

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/ si1
 watashi / わたし
personal; private; selfish
(pronoun) (slightly formal or feminine) I; me; (surname) Kisai
Private, secret, selfish, illicit; myself

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/ mi4
 hi / ひ
secret; secretary
(obscure) (See 秘中の秘) secret; mystery

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zhòng / zhong4
 tane / たね
to plant; to grow; to cultivate
(1) seed (e.g. of a plant); pip; kind; variety; quality; tone; (2) material (e.g. for an article); matter (e.g. of a story); subject; theme; (news) copy; (3) {food} ingredient; leaven (bread); main ingredient of a sushi; (4) cause; source; (5) trick; secret; magician's trick; inside story; (6) (See 胤) paternal blood; lineage; (7) breed (of a stock); sperm; semen; (8) (kana only) (oft. as タネ) tane (hanafuda); 10-point card; type of hanafuda card featuring an animal, insect, sake cup or bridge; (surname) Tanezaki
vīja; bīja. Seed, germ; sort, species; also to sow, plant; seed

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/ yu4

A potation, or drinking: a secret or private drinking; private; a potation

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yīn / yin1
 hoto / ほと
overcast (weather); cloudy; shady; Yin (the negative principle of Yin and Yang); negative (electric.); feminine; moon; implicit; hidden; genitalia
(archaism) female private parts; female genitals; (surname) Kage
Shade, dark, the shades, the negative as opposed to the positive principle, female, the moon, back, secret. In Buddhism it is the phenomenal, as obscuring the true nature of things; also the aggregation of phenomenal things resulting in births and deaths, hence it is used as a translation like 蘊 q.v. for skandha, the 五陰 being the five skandhas or aggregates.

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/ mo4
silent; to write from memory
Dark, secret, silent, profound; dark


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 gon / ごん (archaism) (feminine speech) (secret language of court ladies) (See 牛蒡) great burdock


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 kotsu / コツ (kana only) knack; skill; trick; secret; know-how; the ropes; hang


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yī wù / yi1 wu4
i wu
 ichibutsu;ichimotsu / いちぶつ;いちもつ
(1) (esp. いちもつ) plot; ulterior motive; secret intention; (2) thing; article; (3) (kana only) (esp. いちもつ) penis
one thing


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xià xīn / xia4 xin1
hsia hsin
 shitagokoro / したごころ
(1) secret intention; ulterior motive; (2) kanji "heart" radical at bottom


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 ryoute / ryote / りょうて (1) both hands; both arms; (2) (from the number of fingers on both hands; used as secret jargon) ten


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 maruhi / まるひ (noun - becomes adjective with の) confidential; secret; classified


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 kukon / くこん (1) (See 三三九度) three-times-three exchange of nuptial cups; (2) (See 女房詞) sake (secret language of court ladies); rice wine


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tā xīn / ta1 xin1
t`a hsin / ta hsin
 tashin / たしん
other intention; secret purpose; ulterior motive; ill will; fickleness; double-mindedness
minds of others


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 tagen;tagon / たげん;たごん (noun/participle) telling others; revealing to others; letting out a secret


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 senjutsu / せんじゅつ wizardry; secret of immortality


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 kaitou / kaito / かいとう any of a number of secret societies of ancient China (often opposed to the government)



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liù tāo / liu4 tao1
liu t`ao / liu tao
“Six Secret Strategic Teachings”, one of the Seven Military Classics of ancient China 武經七書|武经七书[Wu3 jing1 Qi1 shu1], attributed to Jiang Ziya 姜子牙[Jiang1 Zi3 ya2]


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 nainai / ないない    uchiuchi / うちうち (adj-no,adv,n) family circle; the inside; private; informal; secret; confidential


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 naitei / naite / ないてい (noun/participle) secret investigation; private enquiry; private inquiry; reconnaissance; scouting

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