No Matter How You Say It: Responsibility

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In Other Languages

Spanish – responsibilidad

French – responsabilité

German – Verantwortung

Italian – responsabilità

Swedish – ansvar

Basque – erantzukizuna

Portugese – responsabilidade


For other character qualities related to Responsibility,
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Word Origin

The word responsible comes from two Latin roots, responsum, which means “an answer, a reply” and spondere, which means “to promise”. Can you see how responsibility is a promised response?

Sign Language

Check out the following links from for the American Sign Language interpretation of the words:



Can you see how responsibility is shouldering a burden and irresponsibility is throwing it aside?

Responsibility Idioms

  • Be a beacon of hope
  • Be a champion of something
  • Be a difference maker
  • Be a leader
  • Be a pillar of the community
  • Be a role model
  • Be a trailblazer
  • Be a voice for the voiceless
  • Be answerable to someone
  • Be between a rock and a hard place
  • Be in a pickle
  • Be in charge of
  • Be in over your head
  • Be on the hook
  • Be running the show
  • Be the captain of your own ship
  • Be up to your neck in something
  • Carry the weight of the world on your shoulders
  • Face the music
  • Fulfill your obligations
  • Handle something
  • Have a duty to
  • Have a lot on your plate
  • Have a lot to answer for
  • Have your hands full
  • Hold someone accountable
  • Make the call
  • On somebody’s shoulder
  • Pass the buck
  • Shoulder the burden
  • Take responsibility
  • The buck stops here
  • The finger of responsibility