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面目
Readings
めんぼく
menboku
めんもく
menmoku
めいぼく
meiboku
Out-dated or obsolete kana usage
Meanings
Noun (futsuumeishi)
face, honour, honor, reputation, prestige, dignity, creditcrédit, dignité, face (perdre, sauver), honneur, prestige, réputation

appearance, lookлицо́, че́сть, прести́жEhre, Würde, Gesicht, guter Ruf, Auftreten, Erscheinen, Aussehen
Kanji
ON: メン, ベンKUN: おも, おもて, つら
mask, face, features, surface

ON: モク, ボクKUN: め, -め, ま-
eye, class, look, insight, experience, care, favor

Example sentences
ケンはその試験に合格して面目を保った。Parts: 其の (その), 試験 (しけん), 合格 (ごうかく), 面目 (めんぼく), 保つ (たもつ)Ken sauva la face en réussissant à l'examen.
Ken saved his face by passing the examination.

私は、面目丸潰れだ。Parts: (わたし), 面目 (めんぼく), 丸潰れ (まるつぶれ)I lost face.

また、お説教が始まった。一言居士の面目躍如というところだね。Parts: (また), (ご), 説教 (せっきょう), 始まる (はじまる), 一言居士 (いちげんこじ), 面目 (めんぼく), 躍如 (やくじょ), と言う (という), (ところ)Uh-oh here comes another lecture. How typical. This guy has something to say about everything.

なんとも面目ありません。Parts: 何とも (なんとも), 面目 (めんぼく), 有る (ある)Je n'ai pas d'excuse.
I have no excuse.

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