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동물 and 짐승 meaning


In the dictionary, 동물 and 짐승 both mean animals. What is the difference between the two? And when to use over the other? 

Any help you can extend will be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

Jul 20, 2016 7:45 PM
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동물 is formal word. you can see it in dictionary with chinese character.

짐승 is not chinese character. It using by mouth to mouth during long time in korea.

So 짐승 have more emotional meaning. 

For example, Human is kind of 동물(animal). but not using 짐승 when explain human.

If you see someone called 짐승, then you can imagine someone hated.

ex) (화내면서) 짐승같은 놈!

But sometimes, woman saying 짐승 when she call someone who she like.  

ex) (웃으면서) 이 짐승~

July 22, 2016
Thank you so much for clarifying. I appreciate it so much!
July 21, 2016

Basically same

But we normally use 짐승 for big and danderous animals like wolves.

July 21, 2016
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