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zé rèn
Responsibility Scroll

責任 is the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean word for "responsibility".

責任 can also refer to someone who is willing to take the blame when things go wrong (instead of making excuses or passing the blame to someone else). While this is a noble idea, I think it is getting more rare these days in both eastern and western cultures.

Also associated with the idea of "duty."

Duty / Responsibility / Obligation

zhí zé
Duty / Responsibility / Obligation Scroll

職責 is a Chinese and Korean word that means duty or responsibility.

If you have a sense of duty or sense of responsibility, this might be the wall scroll that you want to hang above your desk. It is a great way to quietly remind yourself to take pride in your duties at all times.

In a different context, this can mean "official duties" or "position".

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
sekininzé rèn / ze2 ren4 / ze ren / zerentse jen / tsejen
zhí zé / zhi2 ze2 / zhi ze / zhizechih tse / chihtse
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition



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zhí zé / zhi2 ze2
chih tse
 shokuseki / しょくせき
Duty / Responsibility / Obligation Scroll
duty; responsibility; obligation
one's duty; responsibilities pertaining to one's work



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zé rèn / ze2 ren4
tse jen
 sekinin / せきにん
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responsibility; blame; duty; CL:個|个[ge4]
(1) duty; responsibility (incl. supervision of staff); (2) liability; onus

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rèn / ren4
 nin / にん
to assign; to appoint; to take up a post; office; responsibility; to let; to allow; to give free rein to; no matter (how, what etc); classifier for terms served in office, or for spouses, girlfriends etc (as in 前任男友)
obligation; duty; charge; responsibility; (given name) Makoto
Bear, endure, let; office; it is used to connote laisser-faire; one of the 四病, as 任運 implies laisser-aller; it is intp. by let things follow their own course, or by 自然 naturally, without intervention; acceptance

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dōu / dou1
 tō / かぶと
pocket; bag; to wrap up or hold in a bag; to move in a circle; to canvas or solicit; to take responsibility for; to disclose in detail; combat armor (old)
helmet (of armor, armour); headpiece; (place-name, surname) Kabuto
Helmet, hood; pocket, bag; translit. tu; helmet

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/ yi4
 yaku / やく
forced labor; corvée; obligatory task; military service; to use as servant; to enserf; servant (old); war; campaign; battle
(1) role; assignment; responsibility; duty; function; job; service; (2) position (of responsibility); post; office; (3) part (in a play, film, etc.); role; character; (4) scoring combination (in mahjong, card games, etc.); meld; hand; yaku; (given name) Mamoru

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tuī / tui1
t`ui / tui
to push; to cut; to refuse; to reject; to decline; to shirk (responsibility); to put off; to delay; to push forward; to nominate; to elect; massage
To push away, recede from, decline, resign, push, put, put of; investigate; to push

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lǎn / lan3
to monopolize; to seize; to take into one's arms; to embrace; to fasten (with a rope etc); to take on (responsibility etc); to canvass
To seize, hold in the arms, embrace; monopolize; to seize

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guī / gui1
to return; to go back to; to give back to; (of a responsibility) to be taken care of by; to belong to; to gather together; (used between two identical verbs) despite; to marry (of a woman) (old); division on the abacus with a one-digit divisor
Return to, give oneself up to; commit oneself to, surrender; cf. 三歸 śaraṇa-gamana; to return (to one's original place)

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zuì / zui4
 tsumi / つみ
guilt; crime; fault; blame; sin
(n,adj-na,adj-no) (1) crime; sin; wrongdoing; indiscretion; (2) penalty; sentence; punishment; (3) fault; responsibility; culpability; (noun or adjectival noun) (4) thoughtlessness; lack of consideration
That which is blameworthy and brings about bad karma; entangled in the net of wrong-doing; sin, crime.

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/ he4
 ni / に
to carry on one's shoulder or back; burden; responsibility
(1) load; baggage; cargo; freight; goods; (2) burden; responsibility; (personal name) Hasu
A small-leaved water-lily, a marshmallow; to carry bear.

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chòng / chong4
ch`ung / chung
 shou / sho / しょう
powerful; vigorous; pungent; towards; in view of
(1) important point (e.g. on a route); (2) important role (responsibility, etc.); (3) {astron} (See 合・ごう・4) opposition; (personal name) Katsuhiro

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/ ze2
 seki / せき
duty; responsibility; to reproach; to blame
(See 責任・1) responsibility; duty; obligation; (given name) Seki
to upbraid


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 ichizon / いちぞん one's own discretion (idea, responsibility); (given name) Kazumasa



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shì quán / shi4 quan2
shih ch`üan / shih chüan
position; authority; responsibility


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zī jiān / zi1 jian1
tzu chien
to bear responsibility for something


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 shikiri / しきり (irregular okurigana usage) (1) partition; division; boundary; compartment; (2) settlement of accounts; (3) (sumo) preliminary warm-up ritual; toeing the mark; (4) directing; controlling; managing; taking responsibility for; (surname) Shikiri


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zuò zhǔ / zuo4 zhu3
tso chu
to decide; to make decisions; to take responsibility (for deciding); to be in charge; to give sb justice



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dǎo huàn / dao3 huan4
tao huan
to take turns; to rotate (responsibility)


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dǎo tì / dao3 ti4
tao t`i / tao ti
to take turns (responsibility); to replace


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tōu ān / tou1 an1
t`ou an / tou an
to shirk responsibility; thoughtless pleasure-seeking


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 menseki / めんせき (n,vs,adj-no) exemption from responsibility; disclaimer


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 kamuru / かむる    kaburu / かぶる (transitive verb) (1) (kana only) to put on (one's head); to wear; to have on; to pull over (one's head); to crown (oneself); (2) (kana only) to be covered with (dust, snow, etc.); to pour (water, etc.) on oneself; to dash on oneself; to ship water; (3) (kana only) to bear (e.g. someone's debts, faults, etc.); to take (blame); to assume (responsibility); to shoulder (burden); (4) to overlap (e.g. sound or color); (5) to be similar; to be redundant; (v5r,vi) (6) to be fogged (due to overexposure, etc.); (7) to close; to come to an end; (8) to get a full house; to sell out; (9) (archaism) to blunder; to bungle; to fail; (10) (archaism) to be deceived


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fèn wài / fen4 wai4
fen wai
 bungai / ぶんがい
exceptionally; not one's responsibility or job
(noun or adjectival noun) not within proper limits; excessive; unmerited; special
to be beyond one's limitations



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fēn dān / fen1 dan1
fen tan
to share (a burden, a cost, a responsibility)
See: 分担


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 tsutome / つとめ (1) service; duty; business; responsibility; task; (2) Buddhist religious services


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 tsutome / つとめ (1) service; duty; business; responsibility; task; (2) Buddhist religious services



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bāo gān / bao1 gan1
pao kan
to have the full responsibility of a job; allocated task



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bāo lǎn / bao1 lan3
pao lan
to monopolize; to take on responsibility over everything; to undertake the whole task



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xiè zé / xie4 ze2
hsieh tse
to avoid responsibility; to shift the responsibility onto others; (Tw) to relieve sb of their responsibilities (e.g. upon retirement)



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zhǔ lěi / zhu3 lei3
chu lei
To entrust to, lay responsibility upon; transmission

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