Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "law" in Russian

This Russian word is one of the top 1000 words in Russian. The complete list of most common Russian words is available here.


Meaning: law, act, statue

Pronunciation: [zuh-KOHN]   IPA: [zɐˈkon]

Part of speech: noun (masculine noun)

Rank: #491 (see frequency list)

According to the law they have to put him into prison.
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 Example sentences:
  • Закóн прирóды еди́н для всех.
  • The law of nature in the same for everyone.
  •  literal  The law of nature is one for everyone.
  • По закóну они́ должны́ посади́ть егó в тюрьму́.
  • According to the law they have to put him into prison.
  • Какóй избирáтельный закóн Росси́и?
  • What electoral law is there in Russia?
  • Я никогдá не понимáл закóны фи́зики.
  • I've never understood the laws of physics.
  • В э́том году́ был и́здан нóвый свод закóнов.
  • This year a new legal code was published.
  • Престу́пник нécколько раз нарушáл закóн.
  • The criminal broke the law several times.
  • Онá находи́лась вне закóна в своéй странé.
  • She was outlaw in her own country.
  • Ну́жно иметь в виду́, что существу́ют тáкже и непи́санные закóны.
  • One has to take into consideration that there are also undeclared rules.
  •  literal  One has to take into consideration that unwritten laws also exist.
  • Он был ворóм в закóне.
  • He was a kingpin.
  • Твоë решéние для меня́ закóн.
  • Your decision is my command.
  •  literal  Your decision is a law for me.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • закóн прирóды = law of nature
  • закóны матемáтики = laws of mathematics
  • избирáтельный закóн = electoral law
  • по закóну = according to the law
  • и́менем закóна = in the name of the law
  • статья́ закóна = an article of law
  • свод закóнов = legal code
  • издáть закóн = to issue a law
      literal  to publish a law
  • нару́шить закóн = to break the law
  • соблюдáть закóны = to observe the law
  • объяви́ть вне закóна = to outlaw
      literal  to declare out of law
  • закóны гостеприи́мства = laws of hospitality
  • Закóн Бóжий = religion
      literal  God's law
  • закóн не пи́сан кому-либо = the law is not written for smb
  • воровскóй закóн = the law of the underworld
      literal  thief's law
  • вор в закóне = kingpin
      literal  a thief in law
  • закóн бутербрóда = Murphy's Law
      literal  sandwich law
 Related words:
  • закóнный = legal
  • незакóнный = illegal
  • законодáтель = a legistator
  • законодáтельный = legislative
  • прáвило = a rule
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Дуракáм закóн не пи́сан.
  • Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
  •  literal  There's no written law for fools.
  • Не бóйся закóна, бóйся судьи́.
  • Don't be afraid of law, be afraid of judge.
  • Не знай закóна, не знáет и грехá.
  • If you don't know the laws, you don't know what the sin is.
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
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Vocabulary lesson: By Russificate blog exclusively for MasterRussian

Phrase recordings: Copyright(c) 2011 All rights reserved.
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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