申し訳

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
もう(し)
Grade: 3
わけ
Grade: 6
kun’yomi
Alternative spellings
申し譯 (kyūjitai)
申訳

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

(もう)(わけ) (mōshiwake (kyūjitai 申し譯)

  1. (honorific) apology, excuse
    まことに(もう)(わけ)ございません
    Makoto ni mōshiwake gozaimasen.
    I am really sorry. (lit. Sincerely I have no excuse.)

Synonym[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

  • 申し訳 is almost always used in expressing apology as in "申し訳ない". The level of humbleness increases as "ない" morphing into more polite form such as "ありません", "ございません" or "なく存じます", as well as the adverb preceding 申し訳, e.g. "ほんとに", "まことに", "非常に" or "大変", etc.
    • Another apologetic expression with similar humbleness to 申し訳ない is "()(もう)()げます (owabi mōshiagemasu)".
  • When stating or blaming someone for using an excuse for mistake or wrongdoing, 言い訳 is always used instead.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, →ISBN