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base, lowly, vile, vulgar, mean
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Because 卑 means “base, lowly, vile, vulgar, mean,” it acquaints us with uncouth human behavior. Then again, 卑 can also mean “humble” (i.e., the opposite of “arrogant”), which is definitely a positive quality, especially in Japan. With this essay you'll learn Japanese words for "self-deprecation," "vulgarity," "despicable," "low class," and "coward." You'll also encounter an expression that means "Too much humility is pride." After reading about 卑, you'll even know how to say, "my humble opinion," which is kind of like IMHO, but not quite!

 

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