Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "sense" in Russian

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Meaning: sense, meaning, point

Pronunciation: [smisl]

Part of speech: noun (masculine noun)

Rank: #438 (see frequency list)

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 Example sentences:
  • Какóв смысл э́той фрáзы?
  • What's the meaning of this phrase?
  • Нет смы́сла спóрить с ним.
  • There's no point arguing with him.
  • Какóй смысл тудá идти́?
  • What's the point of going there?
  • Cлóво употребленó здесь в перенócном смы́сле.
  • The word is used in its figurative sense here.
  • Вы когдá-нибудь задумывались в чëм смысл жи́зни?
  • Have you ever wondered what the meaning of life is?
  •  literal  Have you sometimes pondered in what the meaning of life is?
  • Мы уезжáем за грани́цу. В смы́сле?
  • We're emigrating. What do you mean?
  • Cáша - прекрácный человéк во всех смы́слах.
  • Sasha is an excellent person in all senses.
  • У тебя́ нет здрáвого смы́сла.
  • You have no сommon sense.
  • Весь смысл в том, чтóбы не дать им вы́играть.
  • The whole sense is to prevent them from winning.
  • В том смы́сле, что зáвтра он не придëт.
  • That means that he won't come tomorrow.
  •  literal  In the sense that he won't come tomorrow.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • в смы́сле = in terms of
      literal  in the sense
  • в смы́сле? = what do you mean?
  • в нéкотором смы́сле = in some respect
      literal  in some sense
  • в том смы́сле, что = in the sense that
  • в пóлном смы́сле э́того слóва = in the full sense of the word
  • в э́том смы́сле = in this sense
  • здрáвый смысл = common sense
  • иметь смысл = make sense
  • не иметь смы́сла = make no sense
  • смысл жи́зни = purporse of life
  • прямóй смысл = literal meaning
  • перенócный смысл = figurative meaning
  • весь смысл в том, что = the whole point is that
  • в э́том нет смы́сла = there's no sense in it, there's no point in it
  • в ширóком смы́сле = in the broad sense
  • во всeх смы́слах = in all respects
 Related words:
  • бессмы́сленный = pointless, senseless
  • cмысловóй = semantic, sense
  • значéние = meaning
  • цель = purpose, goal, objective
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Word recordings: Copyright(c) 2006 Streit Goulnara, Streit Eric, Vion Nicolas. Copyright(c) 2007 S. Sakhno, N. Vion. Distributed under CC-BY.

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