Meaning of 惨

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(Trad.: 慘)
Pinyin: cǎn
English Definition: miserable; wretched; cruel; inhuman; disastrous; tragic; dim; gloomy
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 11; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (heart) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
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    • [ xīn ] heart; mind; soul
    • [ cān ] to take part in, to intervene; ginseng
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Example Words
悲惨 bēi cǎn miserable; tragic
惨重 cǎn zhòng disastrous
惨痛 cǎn tòng bitter; painful; deeply distressed
惨案 cǎn àn massacre; tragedy; Classifiers:
凄惨 cǎn plaintive; mournful; miserable
More: 惨* | *惨 | *惨*
Example Sentences
The Russian had been so frightened. In case somebody had been hit, he would be sent back to Russia of ice and snow.
But in her state of mind, she actually thought that her dreams would just sort of happen if she sat around being miserable long enough.
In futures, reality, in the form of the settlement date, always intrudes on a daydreamer.
It sounds reasonable. But we all don't know what the world would be like after we die. Maybe it's a world more miserable than this world.
You might not even be aware of it until your significant other - or, even worse, a friend or colleague - points out that there's a distinctly foul smell in the air emanating from your feet.