Difference between Shinobi and Ninja?

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  1. Tengu

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    I know the word Shinobi means Ninja but I'm curious if there is any difference between the two terms?
     
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    According to Wikipedia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninja

     
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    Thanks, that was helpful.
     
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    A Shinobi-A Mono is a Shinobi trained warrior. In the feudal area. He is trained to endure and be of the stealthiest movements. When One of this soldiers is sent to assasinate he is "the one nominated to kill a target" which means "ninja". It is the name of a soldier nominated for an assassination mission within the Shinobi A- mono
     
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    Pretty sure shinobi is used to refer to a male ninja.
     
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    Both of you, just… no. The answer is, simply, as Tgace said 3 and a half years ago, that it's two different pronunciations for the same term… there is no difference, other than preference depending on the period and person.

    No. For one thing, that doesn't even make sense. For another, the term is "shinobi no mono", not "shinobi a mono"… you're also going to have to be far more particular about what you mean by "feudal era"… Muromachi Jidai? Sengoku Jidai? Ashikaga Jidai? Tokugawa Jidai?

    Huh?

    No, it absolutely does not mean anything of the kind. There is nothing about killing, a target, or anything else in the term.

    There is no record or indication of any shinobi/ninja being linked to any assassination at all, other than one or two folktales or similarly fanciful (and historically baseless) stories.

    No. While there is a term that is often used to apply to female ninja (kunoichi), there is no specific "male" designation… so, no.

    This isn't even the difference between saying someone is a Marine, and saying they're a soldier… it's the difference between saying someone is a Marine, and saying they were in the Marines.
     
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    I find this interesting, Chris, can you suggest any reading up about female ninjas? cheers!
     
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    Kunoichi, a term known in America to any fans of the ninja warrior contests. Kunoichi was what they called the all female versions of the competitions. I love those shows.
     

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