遭 (Encounter) - Meaning and history | Japanese Kanji

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JLPT N114 strokes
encounterhave a bad experiencehave an accidenthave a hard time

Kun readings 🇯🇵

あ.うあ.わせる

On readings 🇨🇳

そう
遭 (Encounter) - Meaning and history | Japanese Kanji

The kanji 遭 means to have a hard time, to have an accident, to have a bad experience.

This kanji can also have the same meaning as ()う, which means to meet. ()う also means meet, but has a negative connotation (encounter a problem).

In this post we go deeper into the meaning of 遭, its origin, and how it is used through real example sentences.


Origin of the kanji 遭

The kanji 遭 is made up of the following kanji and radicals:

  • 曹: kanji meaning office, cadet, fellow, comrade
  • ⻌: radical that indicates the road

What does kanji mean 遭

The kanji 遭 means to encounter a difficulty. This kanji is used in various words related to problems, difficulties, and misfortunes.

Some of these words for example are:

  • (そう)(ぐう): to encounter (a difficulty)
  • ()()う: to go through (trouble)
  • (そう)(なん): disaster

Kanji readings 遭

Let's now see the various On and Kun readings that the kanji 遭 assumes.

Kun readings of the kanji 遭 🇯🇵

The Kun reading of the kanji 遭 is あ. This reading is the same as the kanji 会.

Similar to the kanji 会, the reading あ is used to translate the verb meet. However, ()う has a negative connotation, encounter a difficulty.

On readings of the kanji 遭 🇨🇳

そう

The only On reading of the kanji 遭 is そう. This reading is used in conjunction with other kanji to indicate problems, disasters, difficult situations.

Some examples of words using this reading are:

  • (そう)(ぐう): to encounter (a difficulty)
  • (そう)(なん): disaster

Examples of the kanji 遭

(かれ)らは(やま)(そう)(なん)した。

They had an accident in the mountains.

(わたし)たちは(おお)くの(こん)(なん)(そう)(ぐう)した。

We have encountered many difficulties.

(まえ)はいつも(おに)()りの(はしら)(そう)(ぐう)した()(あい)(とう)(ぼう)しようと(おも)っているな。

Whenever you meet a Hashira demon hunter, you always think about running away.

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