Meaning of Kanashii in Japanese

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kanashii; sorrowful. Annie Otzen / Getty Images

Kanashii is a Japanese word meaning sad or sorrowful. Learn more about its pronunciation and usage in the Japanese language below.

Pronunciation

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Meaning

sad; sorrowful

Japanese Characters

悲しい (かなしい)

Example & Translation

Watashi wa sono shirase o kiite totemo kanashikatta.
私はその知らせを聞いてとても悲しかった。

or in English:

I was very sad to hear the news.

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