This phrase is from a song the translation of


would be: Lost in a city at night, I take a random impure walk.

The question is: "迷い" in the dictionary means hesitation, perplexity, which does not look like its meaning in the sentence. So I was wondering where did "迷い" come from? comes from the verb "迷う"? if yes how did it become "迷い"? and yet how does it bind directly to 街 no particles? I know they give a lot of questions, can anyone explain me? my language is portuguese so sorry for any grammar mistake.


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迷いし is an archaic variation of 迷った. It's still common in fiction, especially fantasy. See these questions:

As for 迷う itself, I personally feel its meaning is closer to "to wander about" rather than "to be lost" here, because it's clearly moving (乱歩). See さ迷う.

Note that 迷いし is a relative clause that modifies 穢れ, so it's the 穢れ ("impurity/corruption") itself that is wandering about. It's "steps of wandering impurity" rather than "I take an impure walk".

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