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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
とく
Grade: 4
on’yomi

Etymology[edit]

Of (とく) (toku, special, noun) plus (ni, particle).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

(とく) (toku ni

  1. specially
    この菓子(かし)はこの(もよお)しのために(とく)調製(ちょうせい)された。
    Kono kashi wa kono moyōshi no tame ni toku ni chōsei sareta.
    This cake has been specially prepared for the occasion.
  2. particularly, especially
    (とく)()しいものない
    Toku ni hoshii mono wa nai.
    There's nothing that I really want.
    • 1938, 中谷宇吉郎 [Nakaya Ukichiro], 雪 [yuki, snow]:
      (とく)(かぜ)のない(しず)かな(よる)のうちに出来(でき)翌朝旭日(よくあさあさひ)(かがや)いていることが(おお)い。
      Toku ni kaze no nai shizuka na yoru no uchi ni deki, yokuasa asahi ni kagayaite iru koto ga ōi.
      Particularly when it forms on calm, windless nights, it often sparkles in the morning sun the next day.

Usage notes[edit]

The combination of a noun + the particle (ni) is a standard adverb construction, but it sees much more use in this form than any other.