Languages › Japanese Meaning, Pronunciation, and Characters of the Japanese Word "Hidoi" Share Flipboard Email Print Japanese Essential Japanese Vocabulary History & Culture Japanese Grammar By Namiko Abe Japanese Language Expert B.A., Kwansei Gakuin University Namiko Abe is a Japanese language teacher and translator, as well as a Japanese calligraphy expert. She has been a freelance writer for nearly 20 years. our editorial process Namiko Abe Updated April 18, 2018 The Japanese word hidoi means cruel, harsh, violent, severe, or hard. Pronunciation: Click here to listen to the audio file. Japanese characters: ひどい Example: Sore wa anmari hidoi yo.それはあんまりひどいよ。 Translation: Don't be so hard on me.