有り難し

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 3 Grade: 6

Etymology[edit]

ari + katashi > arigatashi. 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]

有り難し (hiragana ありがたし, romaji arigatashi)

  1. difficult to be
  2. rare
  3. special; worthy of being thankful for

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