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意味. The meaning of words or phrases within certain contexts, especially when it does not seem to match the standard definition.

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ここからさきにはゆかせぬ sentence breakdown

In Castlevania Rondo of Blood, Death fight starts with him saying those words. Now I'm trying to figure out exactly what that means and grammar rules used in this sentence. Here's where I'm at: ここ|から|...
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Using 言う and ても to mean “even if you say”

I was trying to say something similar to "even if you tell me to not look, I will look", so my initial guess was something along those lines: 「見ないで」と言っても見る。 I was under the impression that Xて-form + ...
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の and のです. What’s their semantic purpose and meaning?

So, I've reached a spoken language topic and encountered difficulties with understanding those particles that are used in spoken language. Particularly with の. My book says that, for example, の ...
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What is the meaning of カックン in the following sentence?

Context: before a boxing match begins, a boxer named Kamishiro says this referring to his opponent: 勘だけど あのカックン野郎… 刺せるヤツだ What is the meaning of カックン? The opponent was a thug in the past and he ...
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Meaning of 有難 with missing ending

Context: the manager of a boxing gym is arguing with a strong but problematic boy (問題児, he is arrogant and often violently beats other trainees) named Kamishiro and his trainer-sister that train in ...
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What does おとくな けいじばん mean?

I was playing ポケットモンスターファイアーレッド (Pokémon fire red) when I noticed that this appears when I start reading most of the signs: I've searched for it in a couple of sites, and it looks like けいじばん is ...
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Meaning of いって来た in this sentence

いままでは、どちらかがきげんの悪い時は、どちらかがなだめ、うまくいって来たのだが、どうしたことか、議論になってしまった。 Until now, when either of them was in a bad mood the other would calm them and skillfully go and come back, but somehow they ended up ...
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Metaphorical meaning of 買う

Context: in the manga Rikudou, Riku follows his trainer risky instructions in order to win (the trainer had told him to take a lot of punches in order to understand his opponent's fighting style). ...
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What does 囚えよう mean in this book?

I'm currently reading a screenplay regarding to Oda Nobunaga. In one of the character line, it is written that あなたは死して尚、この僕を囚えようというのですか? Base on my search, it seems that the kanji 囚 is associated ...
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What is the difference between 試合 and 競技?

They both mean 'game' or 'contest'. Are they interchangeable or is there a difference?
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Does 両親ともに健在とは限らない。mean “Both of my parents aren't alive.”?

This is a sentence from the Tanaka corpus, I would have thought that it means "I have a parent that has passed away.". I'm asking that because the Tanaka corpus contains some mistakes so I think it ...
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Meaning of a pattern “AといえばAにも見える”

I've came across a sentence 悪手【あくしゅ】といえば悪手【あくしゅ】にも見える in a manga, but I can't find any explanation on this pattern, so I don't see how "speaking of" makes sense. A "bad move" isn't mentioned ...
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What is a 感謝の夕べ and is it free to attend?

I am doing volunteer work every month at an event organized by a big company (not mine). Now they invite me to a 感謝の夕べ: 日頃お手伝いいただいているボランティアスタッフへの感謝の気持ちと共に より懇親を深めるため、XYZにて「感謝の夕べ」を開催いたします! ...
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Meaning of に in もう彼女に抵抗の余地はないのでしょうか?

ライトは事もなく照子の名前を入手することに成功しました。 照子も結構鋭いところを見せてくれますが、もう彼女に抵抗の余地はないのでしょうか? せっかくの「きれいなお姉さん」なので、なんとか頑張って欲しいものです。 Context: On episode 6 of Death Note, Light is trying get information from former FBI ...
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What is the difference between 文句 and 苦情? [duplicate]

They both mean 'complaint', but there is a slight difference between them, right? If someone could explain the difference and provide some example sentences it would be great.
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How can I say “self-love” in Japanase?

How can I say "self-love" in japanese, when you love yourself in a healthy way, not egoism? Is 自愛 (Jiai) ok? And does the two pics mean same thing, with diff calligraphy?
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What is the difference between “みだらな格好” and “あられもない格好?”

I'm trying to figure out the difference in nuance between みだらな格好 and あられもない格好. My dictionary tells me "みだらな" means "lewd"/"obscene"/"indecent", and あられもない means "unladylike", "immodest", these ...
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akachan vs akanbō - Can someone tell me the difference? [duplicate]

赤ちゃん vs あかんぼう The dictionaries I look at show them to both have the same meaning. Can someone tell me what's the difference? Thanks
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Translation for [竜とは逃げぬものなれば]

new in the language so I am having a hard time figuring out the meaning of this sentence. 'When it comes to dragons, you can't escape' would be my translation, but pretty sure I am wrong. If it doesn'...
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The difference between 最高 and 一番いい

What is the difference between 最高 and 一番いい? Both mean the best. But they should be used in different situations. What would be the right use of the words? Thank you!
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Meaning of たんか when used in a sentence or phrase?

i came across this phrase "酒飲めたんか" and i know that 酒 is probably referring to alcohol and 飲め probably means 'drinking' but the phrase ’たんか’ does not give me any result when i tried to search for it. I'...
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Meaning of 今度 and また今度

When I translate it on Google it appears "this moment"/"this time" but when I type じゃ、また今度 it appears "we will se in other moment". Why does the meaning change?
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What is the difference between 隠す and 覆う?

It would be really nice if someone could explain the difference between these two words that both mean ´to hide´. Some example sentences that illustrate the difference would really help. :)
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Meaning of 字 in this context

From a story where people no longer use keys for locks, but speak a special phrase into the lock: それよりも、酒の勢いで、ついその文句を口に出してしまうことのほうが、しばしば発生した。しかし、帰ってから、酔いがさめて、後悔したりあわてたりする必要はない。内側から字を入れ替えて、...
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Directionality of にも

This is part of an analysis of episode 6 of Death Note (from this page: http://samuraimoon.blog67.fc2.com/blog-entry-204.html#comment_list) 結論。夜神月はやっぱり幼稚で負けず嫌い。...
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I don't understand why 差し支える means what it means

This is one word I often 'fail' while reviewing and I couldn't find much explanation anywhere. According to most dictionaries, it means something like hinder, interfere. 差: difference, substract 支: ...
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Meaning of 首を傾げてしまいたくなる

Evernoteにはかつての輝きが薄れ始め、100年企業を謳っているけど、それは本当に可能なのか??と首を傾げてしまいたくなるような停滞ぶりです is it I want this to leave me confused? It doesn't make sense It's from this text: 情報管理LOGの@yoshinonです。 私が、...
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Meaning of ハチ代(hachidai?) [closed]

I’m reading the manga WORKING!! and came across the word in this strip (corner of the last panel): From the context and the -代 suffix it seems to refer to some kind of payment to the employees but I ...
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Meaning of なんだよ [duplicate]

In the phrase 俺はおちんちんが好きなんだよ what's the meaning of なんだよ? Does it changes the meaning of the whole phrase?
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What does “hennaiatsu” actually mean?

I don't know how it is written, but it was subtitled as "she's weird". For context: It was thought by one character after seeing another essentially tell others to go away so she could sleep in class. ...
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What are the differences between 真ん中, 中心 and 中央?

Could someone please explain the differences in usage and meaning? It would be nice with some example sentences as well.
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大恋愛の末に結ばれるわけではないから、アバタもエクボということはありえなかった。先行するのは条件である。 [closed]

Could somebody please help me decipher the phrase above which I came across while reading 逃がした魚は大きかった。It’s about two people in relationship. I understand that the first sentence means something like “...
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Real meaning of やがて

In many pages the meaning of やがて is "in the proper time", sometimes it's "eventually"… I'd like to know all the meanings.
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Meaning of こう言っちゃ何ですけど [duplicate]

I kind of get when it's supposed to be used, but I'd like a clear explanation on what it really means. こう言っちゃ何ですけど。
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Why is “移民” labelled as a sensitive word in the dictionary? (in relation with or without the history behind the word)

I stumbled again on a word that is labeled as sensitive. This time it's 移民 which means: Noun, Suru verb, No-adjective emigration; immigration [sensitive] (only the suru verb is labeled ...
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Meaning of 名前が名前だし, 受けでも狙え and ツッコミ

名前は南空ナオミ。元FBI捜査官だそうです。名前が名前だし両親が日本にいるのだから日本人なのでしょう。 南空ナオミ is the name of a Japanese detective in death note. I think the author is saying that because of her name and both her parents being in ...
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Changing を to は in negative statements

I've got confused and have a few questions: In some situations speaker is obligated to change the particle e.g. answering yes/no questions. Question: あなたはくじにひこうきにのりますか。(A) Answer: いいえ、わたしはくじ ...
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Can 章 be used to mean “story arc”'?

I was reading an interview with a author about her serialized story 『やが』も佳境といいますか、最終章と呼んでいいところまで到達しました。最後まで見届けていただけると……って、こんな「もうすぐ終わり」みたいな雰囲気を出してしまっていいのかな?(笑)。 So, in my opinion, I think it makes ...
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Questions on an 1840's text: Battle at Yamaki Palace 治承四年八月中句右兵衞佐頼朝公

I am a bit lost understanding and translating elements of this text from the 1840s, even after persevering for a couple of days. Two versions (with reasonable detail when viewed at actual scale). My ...
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Sexual joke/pun with メスブタ and オスブタ

Context: a boxer has a lot of female fans that worship him because of his handsomeness. They call him 王子. His trainer is a pervert who likes to receive anal sex from women with sex toys. In an extra ...
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Meaning of 足 and ブラ下げる

From a blog about Death Note: 自分に付き纏い始めた何者かを葬り去るためのキラの作戦が展開されたわけですが、 さすがキラの頭脳は普通ではないと思わせるような計画の内容でした。 私なら、とにかく捜査官の顔写真と名前を入手して、自分で写真を見ながら名前を書くでしょう。 しかし、ファイルを入手する過程で何らかの”足”が付きそうですね。 まさか、...
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What does ミラー and 光が飛んで mean in this passage?

Can anyone help me understand what ミラー(mirror) is referring to below and how it relates to 光が飛んで. Is this related at all to 白飛び https://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/jn/113080/meaning/m0u/ Or does it mean ...
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Difference between 承知いたしました, わかりました and かしこまりました [duplicate]

I always hear these three words by different people. Is there any difference between them?
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Is that drawing in japanese? if so, can you please tell me what it says? [closed]

I saw this drawing at a friend's house and wondered what it means; unfortunately the friend has no idea. Another friend suggested it's hiragana script, hence the question here: can you please tell me ...
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Meaning of the name Moki [closed]

Can someone please tell me what the name Moki means in English? And is it a boy's or girl's name? Thank you
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空く[あく] and 空く[すく] [duplicate]

Is there any difference between 空く[あく] and 空く[すく]
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Meaning of 盗み飲み

きっと、盗み飲みしたお父さんの大人のジュースのせいだ。 So, I can guess from the words 盗む "steal" and 飲む "drink" that she drank secretly without anyone knowing, however I can't find this word in a dictionnary. Why is that ?
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The meaning of the sentence

一月一日から一月七日、または一月十五日まで、新しい年のお祝いをします。 I would understand this sentence if the part in bold was omitted: New Year is celebrated from January 1 to January 15. What is "一月七日、または” for?
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Different usage of 普通に?

So, I was watching this show called Terrace House, and the following exchange between two participants caught my attention. 翔平:「 テラスハウスに入って、一番の…ここに来ての…財産じゃないけど、聖南と出会えたことだな。」 聖南:「いや、何か…...
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What does this mean to you if you were to see an application named “Japanese 語”?

My friend is creating a word card application to help people memorize Japanese words / Kanji. The subject of what to call the application came up and he asked me for some suggestions. One of the ...