真面目

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Chinese[edit]

real; true; genuine face
simp. and trad.
(真面目)
面目

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

真面目

  1. (idiomatic, often pejorative) true colors

Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 3 Grade: 3 Grade: 1
Irregular

The kanji spelling is an example of ateji (当て字).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjectival noun[edit]

真面目 (-na inflection, hiragana まじめ, rōmaji majime)

  1. serious, earnest
    真面目 (まじめ)にやれ!
    Majime ni yare!
    Do it seriously!
  2. honest
Inflection[edit]

Noun[edit]

真面目 (hiragana まじめ, rōmaji majime)

  1. seriousness
  2. honesty
Antonyms[edit]
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term
しん
Grade: 3
めん
Grade: 3
もく
Grade: 1
on'yomi

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjectival noun[edit]

真面目 (-na inflection, hiragana しんめんもく, rōmaji shinmenmoku)

  1. actual
  2. sincere
Inflection[edit]

Noun[edit]

真面目 (hiragana しんめんもく, rōmaji shinmenmoku)

  1. actual value
  2. sincerity

Etymology 3[edit]

Kanji in this term
しん
Grade: 3
めん
Grade: 3
ぼく
Grade: 1
on'yomi

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjectival noun[edit]

真面目 (-na inflection, hiragana しんめんぼく, rōmaji shinmenboku)

  1. actual
  2. sincere
Inflection[edit]

Noun[edit]

真面目 (hiragana しんめんぼく, rōmaji shinmenboku)

  1. actual value
  2. sincerity

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9