1. 1〔世の中〕 ((in)) the world
    • 世間の風に当たる
    • experience the hardships of life
    • 世間ではこれが習わしだ
    • This is the way of the world.
    • 世間を渡る
    • get by (in life)/get through life (successfully)
    • 彼は世間をよく知っている
    • He has seen a lot of life.
    • それは世間に知れ渡っていた
    • It was common knowledge./Everyone knew it.
    • 彼の恋愛事件は世間を騒がせた
    • His love affair created a sensation.
  1. 2〔世の中の人々〕people; the public
    • 世間の口がうるさいから,これは内緒だ
    • People will talk, so we must keep this a secret.
    • 世間では彼のことを鬼のような人だと言っている
    • People say that he is utterly heartless.
    • 彼はそれを世間に知れないようにしていた
    • He kept it from the public.
    • 渡る世間に鬼はない
    • There are always some kind people (ready to help you).
  1. 3〔交際・活動の範囲〕
    • 世間が広い[狭い]
    • have a large [small] circle of acquaintances
    • 彼は世間知らずだ
    • He knows nothing ofthe world [real life]./He's naive.
    • 彼女は随分世間擦れしている[少しも世間擦れしていない]
    • She 「is terribly wise to [knows nothing of] the ways of the world./「She's terribly hardened to the ways of the world [She's still completely naive].
  1. 世間体appearances
    • 世間体を繕う[気にする]
    • keep up [worry about] appearances
    • 世間体のために
    • for decency's [appearances'] sake
    • それでは世間体が悪い
    • That would look bad./That would hurt my reputation.
  1. 世間並み世間並みの ordinary; average
    • 世間並みに暮らす
    • lead an ordinary life
  1. 世間話a chat; small talk;《口》 chitchat
  2. 世間話世間話をする chat; have a chat; make small talk
  1. 世間離れ世間離れした out of the ordinary; uncommon; unworldly
    • 世間離れした人
    • an unworldly person