いずれ

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Japanese[edit]

Alternative spellings
何れ
孰れ

Etymology[edit]

/idure//id͡zure//izure/

Compound of interrogative pronoun いづ (izu) and suffix (re). Long form of いづ (izu).

This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.
Particularly: “Eastern Old Japanese (izu) + (are) or (-re, perfective/imperative) ?”

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

いずれ (izureいづれ (idure)?

  1. (archaic) indeterminate demonstrative pronoun:
    1. which... (of three or more choices)
      • late 10th century, Taketori Monogatari:
        いづれも劣り優りおはしまさねば、御心ざしの程は見ゆべし。
        (please add an English translation of this quote)
      • late 10th century, Taketori Monogatari:
        いかゞしけん、疾き風吹きて、世界暗がりて、舟を吹もてありく。いづれの方とも知らず、舟を海中にまかり入ぬべく吹きまはして、浪は舟にうちかけつゝ捲き入れ、神は落ちかゝるやうにひらめく。
        (please add an English translation of this quote)
      • late 10th century, Taketori Monogatari:
        大臣上達を召して、「いづれの山か天に近き」と問はせ給ふに [...]
        (please add an English translation of this quote)
    2. when...
    3. which way...; where...

See also[edit]

Adverb[edit]

いずれ (izureいづれ (idure)?

  1. someday; one day; before long
    (いず)して(せよ)
    izure ni shite mo (seyo)
    in any event; at any rate
  2. in the end, eventually

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN