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Translingual[edit]

Han character[edit]

(radical 86 +3, 7 strokes, cangjie input 女女火 (VVF), four-corner 22809, composition)

References[edit]

  • KangXi: page 666, character 18
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 18879
  • Dae Jaweon: page 1075, character 23
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 3, page 2190, character 6
  • Unihan data for U+707D

Chinese[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]


Middle Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Character (災), Pronunciation 1/1

Initial: 精 (13)
Final: 咍
Division: I

Openness: Open
Tone: Level (Ø)

Fanqie: 祖才切
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
Bernard
Karlgren
Li
Rong
Pan
Wuyun
Edwin
Pulleyblank
Wang
Li
Shao
Rongfen
/t͡sʌi/ /t͡sɑ̆i/ /t͡sᴀi/ /t͡səi/ /t͡səj/ /t͡sɒi/ /t͡sɒi/
Old Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Baxter-Sagart system 1.1 (2014)
Character Modern Beijing
(Pinyin)
Middle Chinese Old Chinese English
zāi ‹ tsoj › /*[ts]ˤə/ calamity

Notes for Old Chinese notations in the Baxter-Sagart system:

  • Parentheses "()" indicate uncertain presence;
  • Square brackets "[]" indicate uncertain identity, e.g. *[t] as coda may in fact be *-t or *-p;
  • Angle brackets "<>" indicate infix;
  • Hyphen "-" indicates morpheme boundary;
  • Period "." indicates syllable boundary.
Zhengzhang system (2003)
Character No. Phonetic
component
Rime
group
Rime
subdivision
Corresponding
MC rime
Old Chinese Notes
16487 0 /*ʔslɯː/ 烖籀文

Definitions[edit]

  1. calamity, disaster, catastrophe

References[edit]


Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(grade 5 “Kyōiku” kanji)

Readings[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term
さい
Grade: 5
on'yomi

From Middle Chinese ‎(tsoj, calamity).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

‎(hiragana さい, romaji sai)

  1. an act of God, a disaster, a calamity
Usage notes[edit]

Seldom used on its own. Most often used in compounds.

Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term
わざわい
Grade: 5
kun'yomi

/wazapapi//wazaɸaɸi//wazawahi//wazawai/

From Old Japanese. Originally a compound of ‎(waza, deed, doings), in reference to the doings of the ‎(kami, gods, spirits) + 這い ‎(hai, spreading widely, literally crawling).[1] Compare the etymology of (sakiwai, “good fortune”). Compare also the connotations of the English term act of God in reference to disasters.

Often spelled 災い with the trailing okurigana to make the reading more explicit.

Pronunciation[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

‎(hiragana わざわい, romaji wazawai, historical hiragana わざはい)

  1. an act of God, a disaster, a calamity
Idioms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9

Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

‎(jae) (hangeul , revised jae, McCune-Reischauer chae, Yale cay)

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Vietnamese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(tai)

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