Meaning

Primary

Disaster

Alternative

Misfortune

Word Type

noun

Explanation

This is the noun form of disaster, so it means disaster or misfortune.

Reading

わざわい
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

Since this word consists of a kanji with hiragana attached, you can bet that it will use the kun'yomi reading. You didn't learn that reading with this kanji, so here's a mnemonic to help you:

When a disaster strikes, you start moaning and groaning. Say it along with me: "Wahhhhh! Zaahhhh! Waahhhh!" (わざわ). Be careful of the on the end, it can be tricky and make you think it's an adjective when it's a noun.

Context

Context Sentences

これは、災いを防いでくれるお守りです。

This is a lucky charm that protects you from misfortune.

災い転じて福となすという言葉を信じてがんばりました。

I believed in the phrase, "turn disaster into advantage," and it really worked.

シャークは他人の災いを願っているようだね。

It seems like Shark wishes misfortune upon other people.

Kanji Composition