言い訳

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 2
わけ
Grade: 6
kun’yomi
Alternative spelling
言い譯 (kyūjitai)

Noun[edit]

()(わけ) (iiwake

  1. excuse
    しかしそれ()(わけ)ならない
    Shikashi, sore wa iiwake ni wa naranai.
    However, that is no excuse.
    Synonym: 口実 (kōjitsu)
  2. apology
    ()(わけ)手紙(てがみ)
    iiwake no tegami
    Letter of apology
  3. explanation
    ジョン自分(じぶん)()(わけ)(ただ)しい主張(しゅちょう)した
    Jon wa jibun no iiwake ga tadashii to shuchō shita.
    John insisted that he was right.

Verb[edit]

()(わけ)する (iiwake surutransitive suru (stem ()(わけ) (iiwake shi), past ()(わけ)した (iiwake shita))

  1. give an excuse
  2. apologize

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Usage notes[edit]

When actually expressing regret of mistake or wrongdoing, 申し訳 is almost always used in place of 言い訳 as in "申し訳ない" or any more humble forms by replacing the "ない" part by "ありません", "ございません" or "なく存じます".

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References[edit]

  • 2002, Ineko Kondō; Fumi Takano; Mary E Althaus; et. al., Shogakukan Progressive Japanese-English Dictionary, Third Edition, Tokyo: Shōgakukan, →ISBN.