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in Zen Buddhism, "enlightenment," 1727, from Japanese, said to mean literally "spiritual awakening."
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"feudal samurai warrior code," 1898, from Japanese, said to mean literally "military-knight way."
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"mean-spirited, weak," 1640s, present-participle adjective from snivel (v.). Related: Snivellingly.
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"hall in which judo is practiced," 1942, from Japanese, where it has a wider sense and is said to mean "place of the Way."
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early 15c., "festering," from Latin sordidus "dirty, filthy, foul, vile, mean, base," from sordere "be dirty, be shabby," related to sordes "dirt, filth," from PIE *swrd-e-, from root *swordo- "black, dirty" (source also of Old English sweart "black"). Sense of "foul, low, mean" first recorded 1610s. Related: Sordidly; sordidness.
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small Australian parrot, 1847, from a native Australian language, said to mean "good cockatoo," from budgeri "good" + gar "cockatoo."
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1808 in the sense of "contentious," present-participle adjective from bicker (v.). Earlier it was used to mean "flashing, quivering" (1660s).