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Learn JLPT N3 Vocabulary: 苦しい (kurushii)

Learn JLPT N3 Vocabulary: 苦しい (kurushii)

Kana: くるしい
Kanji: 苦しい
Romaji: kurushii

Type: いadjective
Meaning: painful, difficult, agonizing, needy, tight (budget), straitened (circumstances), forced (smile, joke), lame (excuse), strained (interpretation), awkward (situation), painful (position)
JLPT level: N3

Example sentences:

私は苦しくなんかないよ。喉がかわいているだけ。
watashi wa kurushiku nanka nai yo. nodo ga kawaite iru dake.
I am not ill. I am thirsty, that is all.

私自身も、声をあげるべき人が口をつぐんだ結果、苦しい立場に追い込まれたことが一度ならずある。
watashi jishin mo, koe o ageru beki hito ga kuchi o tsugunda kekka, kurushii tachiba ni oikomareta koto ga ichido narazu aru.
I found myself in trouble on more than one occasion because people kept silent when they should have spoken up.


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苦しい (kurushii)

横様に倒れた守衛は、あえぎながら苦しげに息をした。
yokozama ni taoreta shuei wa, aeginagara kurushige ni iki o shita.
The guard lay on his side, gasping and wheezing for breath.

債券の価格が下落すれば金利は上昇し、多くの借り手は苦しくなる。
saiken no kakaku ga geraku sureba kinri wa joushou shi, ooku no karite wa kurushiku naru.
When bond prices fall, interest rates soar, with painful consequences for all borrowers.

Meaning in other languages:

Chinese: 苦 (kǔ)
Korean: 괴롭다 (goelobda)


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