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Chaos / Anarchy / Confusion / Mayhem

hùn luàn
kon ran
Chaos / Anarchy / Confusion / Mayhem Vertical Wall 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.

Lost / Dazed and Confused

mei
Lost / Dazed and Confused Vertical Wall Scroll

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.


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Chaos
Anarchy
Confusion
Mayhem
混亂
混乱
kon ran / konranhùn luàn / hun4 luan4 / hun luan / hunluan
Lost
Dazed and Confused
meimí / mi2 / mi
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


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dòng / dong4
tung
 dou / do / どう
Lost / Dazed and Confused Vertical Wall Scroll
(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
motion; change; confusion; (female given name) Yurugi
Move, stir, motion, mutable; movement arises from the nature of wind which is the cause of motion.

混乱

see styles
 konran / こんらん
Lost / Dazed and Confused Vertical Wall Scroll
(noun/participle) disorder; chaos; confusion; mayhem

混亂


混乱

see styles
hùn luàn / hun4 luan4
hun luan
Lost / Dazed and Confused Vertical Wall Scroll
confusion; chaos; disorder
See: 混乱

混沌

see styles
hùn dùn / hun4 dun4
hun tun
 konton / こんとん
Lost / Dazed and Confused Vertical Wall 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


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luàn / luan4
luan
 ran
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

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


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

see styles
chàn / chan4
ch`an / chan
 san
to mix; to blend; to dilute; to adulterate
Crowding sheep, confusion; translit. kṣan, ṣan; crowding sheep

乱脈

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

乱調

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 ranchou / rancho / らんちょう confusion

乱雑

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 ranzatsu / らんざつ (noun or adjectival noun) disorder; confusion; clutter; mess; muddle; disarray

二心

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èr xīn / er4 xin1
erh hsin
 nishin / ふたごころ
disloyalty; half-heartedness; duplicity
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.

兵亂


兵乱

see styles
bīng luàn / bing1 luan4
ping luan
confusion of war; turmoil of war
See: 兵乱

化学

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 kagaku(p);bakegaku / かがく(P);ばけがく (noun - becomes adjective with の) (ばけがく spoken to avoid confusion with 科学) (See 科学・かがく) chemistry

妖言

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yāo yán / yao1 yan2
yao yen
 yougen / yogen / ようげん
heresy
dire prophecy that creates confusion

市塵

see styles
 shijin / しじん city dust; city confusion

市立

see styles
shì lì / shi4 li4
shih li
 shiritsu(p);ichiritsu / しりつ(P);いちりつ
municipal; city; city-run
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (いちりつ spoken to avoid confusion with 私立) (See 私立・しりつ) municipal; city

当惑

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

惑乱

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

昏迷

see styles
hūn mí / hun1 mi2
hun mi
 konmei / konme / こんめい
to lose consciousness; to be in a coma; stupor; coma; stunned; disoriented
(n,vs,adj-no) stupefaction; stupor; unconsciousness; confusion
delusion

混同

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

混線

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

混迷

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

混雑

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

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

狼狽


狼狈

see styles
láng bèi / lang2 bei4
lang pei
 roubai / robai / ろうばい
in a difficult situation; to cut a sorry figure; scoundrel! (derog.)
(noun/participle) confusion; dismay; consternation; panic

狼藉

see styles
láng jí / lang2 ji2
lang chi
 rouzeki;roujaku / rozeki;rojaku / ろうぜき;ろうじゃく
in a mess; scattered about; in complete disorder
(n,adj-t) (1) disorder; confusion; (2) violence; outrage; riot

眩惑

see styles
xuàn huò / xuan4 huo4
hsüan huo
 genwaku / げんわく
confusion; unable to escape from infatuation or addiction
(noun/participle) dazzling; blinding

私立

see styles
sī lì / si1 li4
ssu li
 shiritsu(p);watakushiritsu / しりつ(P);わたくしりつ
private (company, school etc)
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (わたくしりつ spoken to avoid confusion with 市立) (See 市立・しりつ) private (establishment)

紛々

see styles
 funpun / ふんぷん (noun or adjectival noun) confusion; scattering

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