曰く

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Hyōgaiji

Noun[edit]

曰く (hiragana いわく, romaji iwaku)

  1. what a person or source says
    カール・マルクス (いわ)く「あらゆる社会 (しゃかい)歴史 (れきし)階級闘争 (かいきゅうとうそう)歴史 (れきし)である」だそうです。
    kāru marukusu iwaku "arayuru shakai no rekishi wa kaikyū tōsō no rekishi de aru" da sō desu.
    Karl Marx says that "The history of society is the history of class struggles."
  2. reason, story
    • 1950, 坂口安吾, 投手殺人事件:
       (いわ)ありですな。
      Iwaku ari desu na.
      There's a story behind it for sure.

Usage notes[edit]

Do not confuse the kanji (say) with (sun; day).