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A Korean friend used a word that I believe was a Japanese loan word, that he said meant a "human to god" kind of love - an 'inferior' being loving or idolizing a 'superior' one. It wasn't a phrase but just one word... Does this sound familiar or should I ask around on a Korean site?

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  • Probably no problem here (aside from that we don't have Korean SE site yet...), but are you sure what you need is "colloquial language" or "slang", as your tags suggest? Jan 27, 2016 at 22:57
  • There is a word that means what you said and it seems to be used in Korean as well, but it is a Sino loanword.
    – user4032
    Jan 27, 2016 at 23:57
  • @l'électeur So are you going to enlighten us to what this particular word is (even if it's a Sino loanword)?
    – A.Ellett
    Jan 28, 2016 at 18:15
  • Would "uyamau" come close?
    – tomi
    Jan 29, 2016 at 9:26

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Gleaning from the comments that this might be a term that originally came from Chinese, one guess would be 崇拝【すうはい】, often glossed as "worship" but with overtones of "admiration, adoration". The traditional form of these kanji is 崇拜, the form still used in written Chinese, with readings of chóngbài (Mandarin), sung4 baai3 (Cantonese), chhùng-pai (Hakka), and chông-pài (Min Nan). The term is also used in Korean, as [숭배]{sungbae}.

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