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amazing; frightening; to a great extent
Kanji 2040

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Synopsis

The Japanese constantly say 凄い! (すごい!: Amazing!), so it’s amazing (!) to find out about 凄 and all of its surprises: the reason for its “ice” radical, the way 凄 has just one Joyo yomi (it's not すご•い!), and the shockingly negative nuance 凄 can have (as in words for "ghastly" and "violent"). Learn terms that intensify 凄い. And discover the revolting ingredient in a Viagra-like drink!

Revision History:

Sept. 30, 2018: Fixed box 7 of the stroke order diagram on p. 1.

Sept. 28, 2018: Originally published.

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Kanji PDF
Cover of essay 2040 on 凄 (amazing; frightening), titled "Sugoi!"
Mini Profile
JOYO ON-YOMI
セイ
JOYO KUN-YOMI
None
STROKES10
RADICAL冫 (15: ice)
JLPTN1
HALPERN-/110
HENSHALL-
SPAHN2b8.4