karoshi

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Japanese 過労死 ‎(karōshi), from 過労 ‎(karō, overwork) + ‎(shi, death).

Noun[edit]

karoshi ‎(uncountable)

  1. Death, such as from heart attack or stroke, brought on by overwork or job-related stress.
    • 1976, Bill Henderson, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, Pushcart Press, page 207:
      For a while he began to speak Japanese, rather slangy, never having seemed to learn it — karoshi for death from overwork, yakitaori-ya for eatery, and gaijin for clumsy foreigner.
    • 2006, Ronald J. Burke, Research Companion to Working Time and Work Addiction (page 158)
      Second, we discuss the problem of karoshi, which is unique to Japan. Karoshi has become an increasingly serious problem.

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