有り難い

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 3
がた
Grade: 6
kun'yomi

Etymology[edit]

ari + katashi > arigatashi > arigataki > arigatai. The verb ari "is, are" in adverbial form suffixed by katashi "difficult". The initial consonant in katashi becomes voiced (/k/ -> /g/) due to the compounding of the two separate words. The original meaning was "difficult to be".

Adjective[edit]

有り難い (-i inflection, hiragana ありがたい, romaji arigatai)

  1. (literally) difficult to be
  2. (archaic) rare
    • c. 1045-1068: Yoru no Nezame (volume 1)
      人の世のさまざまなるを見聞きつもるに、なを寝覺の御仲らひばかり、あさからぬ契ながら、世に心づくしなるためしは、ありがたくも有けるかな。
  3. special; worthy of being thankful for

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