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noun plural -mi
  1. a divine being or spiritual force in Shinto
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Word Origin

C18: from Japanese: god, lord
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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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