表沙汰

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Kanji in this term
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Etymology[edit]

Compound of (omote, front; on the surface, in the open) +‎ 沙汰 (sata, an action, an event). The sata changes to zata due to rendaku (連濁).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

表沙汰 (hiragana おもてざた, romaji omotezata)

  1. something that has come out into the open: a public incident, something that is public knowledge
    その (けん)表沙汰 (おもてざた)にするな。
    sono ken wa omotezata ni suru na.
    Don't air your dirty laundry / bring it out into the open. → Keep it private.
  2. an issue brought before a court or other public institution
    相続争 (そうぞくあらそ)いを表沙汰 (おもてざた)にする
    sōzoku arasoi o omotezata ni suru
    to take an inheritance dispute public / to court