二君に仕える

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Japanese[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Literary Chinese 王蠋曰,忠臣不事二君,烈女不更二夫。 in Records of the Grand Historian.

二君 (nikun): "two masters" + (ni) + 仕える (tsukaeru): "serve"

Phrase[edit]

二君に仕える (hiragana にくんにつかえる, romaji nikun ni tsukaeru)

  1. serve a second master. Note: commonly used in a negative form.
    忠臣は二君に仕えず
    A loyal subject will not serve a second master.