Meaning

Primary

Accident

Word Type

noun

Explanation

An occurrence that only results because of circumstances is also called an accident. You didn't want this bad thing to happen, it was just an occurrence of circumstance! Everything aligned in the worst way.

事故 is used for unfortunate events that were unintended, almost always of a physical nature. You'll most likely encounter it in relation to traffic accidents.

Reading

じこ
  • Kyoko
    (Tokyo accent, female)
  • Kenichi
    (Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

This is a jukugo word, which usually means on'yomi readings from the kanji. If you know the readings of your kanji you'll know how to read this as well.

Context

Context Sentences

ひき逃げ事故のせいで、買ったばかりの牛肉が挽き肉になった。

Due to the hit-and-run accident, the beef he bought became ground beef.

Kanji Composition