Meaning

Primary

Misfortune

Alternatives

Calamity, Disaster

Word Type

noun

Explanation

A disaster that is difficult is particularly difficult, making it more of a misfortune. Obviously a disaster that wasn't difficult wouldn't really be that bad, so a difficult one gets the "misfortune" or calamity label.

Reading

さいなん
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

This is a jukugo word, which usually means on'yomi readings from the kanji. If you know the readings of your kanji you'll know how to read this as well.

Context

Context Sentences

私は、運良く海外にいたので、その災難をまぬがれることができました。

Fortunately, I was overseas at the time, so I was able to escape the disaster.

今日学校で、「災難は勇気を試す試金石である。」ということわざを習いました。

Today at school I learned a proverb that goes, "calamity is the touchstone of a brave mind."

どうしてあいつはあんなに災難に見舞われてばかりいるのかな?本当に偶然なのか、それともあいつ自体に何か問題があるんだろうか。

I wonder why misfortune is always following that guy? Is it just by chance or is there something wrong with him?

Kanji Composition