Might is right.の意味や使い方を解説!英語で1日1フレーズ #309



今回のフレーズは「Might is right.」です。

「Might is right.」は、直訳すると「力は正義」となりますが、実際には「力がある者が正義を決める」という意味になります。


例えば、国際情勢に関して、「In many historical conflicts, it seems that might is right.(多くの歴史的な争いでは、力が正義を決めるようだ)」と言うことができます。もしくは、「The powerful nation imposed its will on the smaller nation, showing that might is right.(強国が小国に意志を押し付け、力こそが正義であることを示している)」と言うことができます。

また、権力者が自分の意志を押し付けるときにも使われ、「In this organization, might is right, as the boss always gets his way.(この組織では力が支配し、上司がいつも自分のやり方を通す)」という風にも言うことができます。

「Might is right」の正確な起源は定かではありませんが、古代ギリシャやローマなどにさかのぼる古くから存在する概念です。国際関係においては、特にリアリストたちが国家間の力関係を説明する際に使用します。日常生活では、力や権力が正義を決めるという皮肉や批判のためにしばしば使われます。「is」の代わりに「makes」を使った「Might makes right」と言うこともあります。このフレーズは、「History is written by the victors(歴史は勝者によって書かれる)」と同様の意味を伝えていて、どちらも弱肉強食の世の中を表す言葉として広く使われています。

まとめると、「Might is right.」は、文字通り「力が正義である」という意味ですが、力や権力を持つ者が正義を決めるという現実を指します。このフレーズを使うことで、力や権力に関する状況やその影響を表現することができます。

この「Might is right.」を使って、力や権力が支配する状況を語る際に活用してみてください。

Might is right.


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A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
A blessing in disguise.
A dime a dozen.
A feather in one's cap.
A penny for your thoughts.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
A watched pot never boils.
Add insult to injury.
All ears.
All is fair in love and war.
All thumbs.
As cool as a cucumber.
As high as a kite.
Back to square one.
Back to the drawing board.
Backseat driver.
Barking up the wrong tree.
Beat a dead horse.
Beat around the bush.
Beggars can't be choosers.
Better safe than sorry.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Bite off more than one can chew.
Bite the bullet.
Blood is thicker than water.
Break a leg.
Burn the midnight oil.
Call it a day.
Caught between a rock and a hard place.
Clean as a whistle.
Close, but no cigar.
Cost an arm and a leg.
Cut corners.
Cut to the chase.
Don't judge a book by its cover.
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Easy come, easy go.
Every dog has its day.
Fish out of water.
Fit as a fiddle.
Fortune favors the bold.
From rags to riches.
Get a taste of one's own medicine.
Get one's act together.
Get out of hand.
Give it a shot.
Give someone the benefit of the doubt.
Give someone the cold shoulder.
Go the extra mile.
Hit the hay.
Hit the nail on the head.
Hit the road.
Hit the sack.
Hold your horses.
Honesty is the best policy.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Ignorance is bliss.
In the blink of an eye.
In the heat of the moment.
In the twinkling of an eye.
It takes two to tango.
Jump on the bandwagon.
Jump the gun.
Jumping through hoops.
Jumping to conclusions.
Keep it under your hat.
Keep one's fingers crossed.
Keep your chin up.
Keep your eyes peeled.
Mind over matter.
On the ball.
Out of sight, out of mind.
Put a sock in it.
Success is a journey, not a destination.
The ball is in your court.
Under the weather.
Where there's a will, there's a way.