Meaning of 忧

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(Trad.: 憂)
Pinyin: yōu
English Definition: to worry; to concern oneself with; worried; anxiety; sorrow; (literary) to observe mourning
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 7; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (heart) conveys the meaning.
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Example Words
担忧 dān yōu to worry; to be concerned
忧郁 yōu sullen; depressed; melancholy; dejected
忧患 yōu huàn suffering; misery; hardship
后顾之忧 hòu zhī yōu fears of trouble in the rear (idiom); family worries (obstructing freedom of action); worries about the future consequences; often in negative expressions, meaning "no worries about anything"
忧伤 yōu shāng distressed; laden with grief
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Example Sentences
The rain, his sad sister, talks to my heart.
Elsewhere in the world's second-largest economy, the situation is similarly worrying.
"It should also be a concern for the Chinese government, " he said.
She was confident of having performed her duty, and to fret over unavoidable evils, or augment them by anxiety, was no part of her disposition.
Seven sensations are the feeling reaction of "happy, angry, anxious, think, sad, fear and surprise", the sevensensation system develops gradually.