言わん方無し

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
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Etymology[edit]

/ipan kata nasi/ → /iɸan kata nasi/ → /iwan kata nasi/. iwan is a contraction of iwamu, from the verb iw- ‎(to say) in irrealis form (iwa) plus the subjective particle mu.

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Idiom[edit]

言わん方無し ‎(hiragana いわんかたなし, romaji iwan kata nashi, historical hiragana いはんかたなし)

  1. there are no words to describe it
    • 1008-1010: Murasaki Shikibu Nikki
      秋のけはひ入たつままに、土御門殿の有さま、いはむ方なくをかし。
    • 1832-33: Shunshoku Umegoyomi (volume 1)
      [...]人品賎しからねども、薄命なる人なりけん、貧苦にせまる其うへに、此ほど病の床にふし、不自由いわん方もなき、容体もときの吉不詳[...]

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