憎い

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
にく
Grade: S
kun'yomi

Etymology[edit]

From Old Japanese. Cognate with 憎む ‎(nikumu, to hate), 難い ‎(-nikui, difficult [to do], verb suffix).

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Adjective[edit]

憎い ‎(-i inflection, hiragana にくい, romaji nikui)

  1. hateful, detestable, abominable
    • Ise Monogatari (The Tales of Ise), late 800s to early 900s:
      されどにくゝはたあらざりけり。
      Saredo nikuku hata arazarikeri.
      But no one thought him dislikeable.
      → Note that the negative connotations have strengthened over time. The older meaning was milder, closer to dislikeable than the modern hateful.

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