苦しい, くるしい

  • kurushii
JLPT 3

Definition of 苦しい,くるしい

adjective (keiyoushi)

  • painful
  • difficult
  • agonizing

  • needy
  • tight (budget)
  • straitened (circumstances)

  • forced (smile, joke)
  • lame (excuse)
  • strained (interpretation)

  • awkward (situation)
  • painful (position)

suffix, adjective (keiyoushi)

  • (after masu stem) hard to do
  • unpleasant

Examples of 苦しい,くるしい in a Sentence

家族かなり生活苦しい
His family is rather badly off.
人々ガスいきが苦しくなった。
People were choked with the gas.
To some life is pleasure, to others suffering.
Death is preferable to such suffering.
He had not gone though all that hard training for nothing - he won first prize.
その生活苦しかった
They were badly off in the village.
良薬苦し
A good medicine tastes bitter.
Their grace comes from hard work, sweat, and pain.
日本滞在したのはほんの数ヶ月が、その次から次へと苦しいにあった。
I stayed in Japan only a few months, during which time I went through a series if hardships.
It is generally accepted that a person cannot be successful in life without a lot of hard work.
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