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Discussion in '한국어 (Korean)' started by genieh, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. genieh New Member


    I am pretty much bilingual in Korean and English, but I am having trouble finding the right English word/expression for this word. One would use this word to say something like this for example: "그 남자의 말투는 어딘가 위악적이다."

    I have tried consulting Korean- English and Japanese -English dictionaries but to no avail.

    Thanks for your help!
  2. vientito Senior Member

    do you mean "acting tough"?
  3. 경상남도로 오이소 Member

    pretending to be bad?

    I have never even heard the word before... Sounds very formal and philosophical.
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2012
  4. bonbon2023

    bonbon2023 Senior Member

    Hello, geniegh.
    위(僞)in 위악(僞惡) is similar to pseudo-, and 악惡 in 위악僞惡 means wickedness
    If I try to translate 위악적 so literally into English, it would be pseudo-wicked, but I think it sounds artificially awkward.
    It would be okay to understand 위악적 as in '위악적 사람' as a person pretending he or she is wicked if you see 위악적 in a literature or news.

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