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Learn one Kanji a day with infographic: 欲 (yoku)

Learn one Kanji a day with infographic: 欲 (yoku)

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MEANING:

longing, covetousness, greed, passion, desire, craving

HOW TO READ:

On: yoku
Kun: hoss.uru, ho.shii

COMPOUNDS:

欲 (yoku): greed, craving, desire
意欲 (iyoku): will, desire, ambition
無欲 (muyoku): unselfish, unavaricious
寡欲 (kayoku): unselfishness
欲求 (yokkyuu): desire, want, will, urge, craving
欲望 (yokubou): desire, appetite, lust
強欲 (gouyoku): greed, avarice
禁欲 (kin’yoku): abstinence, abnegation
私欲 (shiyoku): self-interest
欲目 (yokume): partiality, bias
欲心 (yokushin): greed
貪欲 (don’yoku): avarice, greed
食欲 (shokuyoku): appetite (for food)
欲しい (hoshii): wanted, wished for, in need of
欲する (hossuru): to want, to desire
欲張り (yokubari): greed, avarice, greedy person
欲深い (yokubukai): greedy
欲張る (yokubaru): to covet, to lust for
禁欲的 (kin’yokuteki): abstemious
欲に目がくらむ (yoku ni me ga kuramu): to be blinded by greed


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EXAMPLE SENTENCES:

父は無欲な鉱山労働者でした。
chichi wa muyoku na kouzan roudousha deshita.
My father was a humble mine worker.

イギリスの土産はなにが欲しいんだ?
igirisu no miyage wa nani ga hoshiin da.
Tell me what I shall bring you from England.

ロスチャイルド家は戦争を欲している、と推察することも可能だった。
roosuchairudoke wa sensou o hoshite iru, to suisatsu suru koto mo kanou datta.
It might, indeed, be assumed that the Rothschilds needed war.

ジャズギターを聞いて、弾けるようになりたいという欲求に駆られた。
jazu gitaa o kiite, hikeru you ni naritai to iu yokkyuu ni karareta.
Listening to jazz guitar prompted my desire to learn to play.

兵士たちは意欲に欠けるうえ、第二次世界大戦の残りものの中古兵器で武装していた。
heishitachi wa iyoku ni kakeru ue, dainiji sekai taisen no nokorimono no chuuko heiki de busou shite ita.
The soldiers lacked motivation and were armed largely with leftover, worn-out World War II weapons.

未来に対する人間の期待が、過度の楽観から過度の悲観、貪欲から恐れに転じるとき、株価は不安定になりがちだ。
mirai ni taisuru ningen no kitai ga, kado no rakkan kara kado no hikan, don’yoku kara osore ni tenjiru toki, kabuka wa fuantei ni narigachi da.
So long as human expectations of the future veer from the over-optimistic to the over-pessimistic – from greed to fear – stock prices will tend to trace an erratic path.

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