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noun (pl) -mi
a divine being or spiritual force in Shinto
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C18: from Japanese: god, lord
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  • Knowing kami's character better than Pascal, the baron had good reason to distrust the accuracy of these statements.

  • I never seem to get on with my work, and yet I try hard enough, and kami says——'

    The Light That Failed Rudyard Kipling
  • The mere fact of her constant interference in the public affairs irritated Hoki no kami beyond measure.

    Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House) James S. De Benneville
  • One of them is in reality the god of Japanese poetry, Sumiyoshi no kami.

    The N Plays of Japan Arthur Waley
  • You foreshorten as though you never used the model, and you've caught kami's pasty way of dealing with flesh in shadow.

  • Just then a messenger from his father, Tajima no kami, was announced.

    The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari James S. De Benneville
  • Sometimes these are merged under a common term, like the Japanese kami, sometimes they are separately named.

    Comparative Religion J. Estlin Carpenter
  • So Asano Takumi no kami died without having avenged himself, and this was more than his retainers could endure.

    Tales of Old Japan Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
Word Origin and History for kami

Japanese for "superior, lord," a title given to governors, also used of deities; the word chosen by Japanese converts and Protestant missionaries to refer to the Christian god.

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