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Meaning of 苦

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Pinyin:
English Definition: bitter; hardship; pain; to suffer; to bring suffering to; painstakingly
Chinese Definition:
①像胆汁或黄连的滋味,与“甘”相对:甘苦。苦胆。苦瓜。
②感觉难受的:苦境。苦海(原为佛教用语,后喻很苦的环境)。苦闷。含辛茹苦。吃苦耐劳。苦恼。
③为某种事所苦:苦雨。苦旱。苦夏。苦于(a.对某种情况感到苦脑;b.表示相比之下更苦些)。
④有耐心地,尽力地:苦劝。苦口婆心。刻苦。苦心孤诣。
⑤使受苦:那件事可苦了你啦!
⑥甘乐甜。

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Total strokes: 8; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (grass) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • [ cǎo ] grass, weed, plant, herb
    • [ ] old, classic, ancient
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Example Words:
辛苦 [ xīn ]: exhausting; hard; tough; arduous; to work hard; to go to a lot of trouble; hardship(s)
痛苦 [ tòng ]: pain; suffering; painful; Classifiers:
艰苦 [ jiān ]: difficult; hard; arduous
刻苦 [ ]: hardworking; assiduous
吃苦 [ chī ]: to bear hardships
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