Meaning of 本来面目 in Japanese

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Definition of 本来面目

  1. (n-adv, n-t, adj-no) originally; primarily

    ワインは本来害にならない。
    Wine is not harmful in itself.

  2. essentially; naturally; by nature; in (and of) itself
  3. proper; legal
めんぼく(menboku) · めんもく(menmoku) · めいぼく(meiboku) 面目

面目 Kanji Details

  1. (n) face; honour; honor; reputation; prestige; dignity; credit

    ケンはその試験に合格して面目を保った。
    Ken saved his face by passing the examination.

  2. appearance; look
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