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Just encountered in some Japanese text. I understand it's conjugated in the base negative form of the verb but I'm baffled as to what the じ means.

  • It would help if you could post the context in which 取らじ appeared. – senshin Feb 1 '15 at 7:21
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It's a Classical Japanese particle, nowadays only used as frequent as "methinks".

It means exactly what must not do in English, and attaches to Classical 未然形 of a verb or adjective (that is, the form which the negative -ず and -ぬ appends to).

See: the entry of じ in a Japanese-Japanese dictionary

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