Meaning

Primary

Scary

Alternative

Fearful

Word Type

い adjective

Explanation

This is a single kanji with an on the end, meaning you know it's probably an adjective. What's the adjective form of fear? When you feel fear, you think something is scary.

Reading

おそろしい
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

Since this word consists of a kanji with hiragana attached, you can bet that it will use the kun'yomi reading. You didn't learn that reading with this kanji, so here's a mnemonic to help you: How scary is it? It's Oh so (おそ) scary!

Context

Context Sentences

恐ろしいと思うかもしれないが、自然の法則には逆らえないんだよ。仕方がないさ。

You may feel scared, but you can’t defy the laws of nature. It’s no use now.

Kanji Composition