Japanese Dictionary

Reading and JLPT level
哀れ, 憐れ, 憫れ JLPT 3
Kana Reading
Word Senses
  • Parts of speech
    noun (common) (futsuumeishi)
    pity; sorrow; grief; misery; compassion; pathos
    Example sentence
    彼女哀れ誘う有様だった She was in a piteous state.
  • Parts of speech
    adjectival nouns or quasi-adjectives (keiyodoshi)
    pitiable; pitiful; pathetic; miserable
    Example sentence
    哀れ思って助けてくれた He took pity on me and helped me out.
  • Parts of speech
    interjection (kandoushi)
    alack; alas
    Example sentence
    魔女哀れ少女呪った The witch cursed the poor little girl.

Examples of 哀れ, 憐れ, 憫れ, あわれ in a sentence

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Kanji in this word


9 strokes

pathetic, grief, sorrow, pathos, pity, sympathize

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16 strokes

pity, have mercy, sympathise, compassion

On'Yomi: レン

Kun'Yomi: あわ.れむ, あわ.れ

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15 strokes

anxiety, mercy

On'Yomi: ビン, ミン

Kun'Yomi: あわれ.む, うれ.える

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