1. noun bitterness / bitter flavor
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Food and Drink , Concept: Flavor 味道
    Notes: One of the 五味 'five flavors', the opposite of 甜 'sweetness' (Guoyu '苦' n 1)
  2. noun hardship / suffering
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Emotion
    Notes: For example, the idiom 苦中作乐 'to enjoy in spite of hardship' (Guoyu '苦' n 2; Unihan '苦')
  3. verb to make things difficult for
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: In the sense of 受累 or 为难 (Guoyu '苦' v 1)
  4. noun sorrow / duḥkha / dukkha / suffering
    Domain: Buddhism 佛教
    Notes: Sanskrit equivalent: duḥkha, Pāli: dukkha, Japanese: ku; Tibetan: sdug bsngal. Duḥkha is the unsatisfactory nature inherent in all conditioned phenomena. 苦諦 'The truth of suffering' is the first of the 四聖諦 'four noble truths,' a fundamental teaching of Buddhism (BL 'duḥkha', p. 270-271; FGDB '苦'); FGS translation standard: Sorrow
  5. verb to train / to practice
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: In the sense of 磨鍊 (Guoyu '苦' v 2)
  6. verb to suffer from a misfortune
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: In the sense of 患 (Guoyu '苦' v 3)
  7. adjective bitter
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Food and Drink
    Notes: (Guoyu '苦' adj 1; Unihan '苦')
  8. adjective grieved / facing hardship
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: In the sense of 艰辛; for example, 苦日子 'hard times' (Guoyu '苦' adj 2)
  9. adjective in low spirits / depressed
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: In the sense of 愁闷; for example, 愁眉苦脸 'to look anxious' (Guoyu '苦' adj 3)
  10. adverb assiduously / to do one's best / to strive as much as possible
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: In the sense of 尽力 (Guoyu '苦' adv; Han Dian '苦' adj 7)
  11. adjective painful
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: In the sense of 痛 (Han Dian '苦' adj 4)

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  • Scroll 16 Abhidharmajñānaprasthānaśāstra (Apidamo Fa Zhi Zu Lun) 阿毘達磨發智論 — count: 308
  • Scroll 5 Da Ban Niepan Jing Yi Ji 大般涅槃經義記 — count: 242
  • Scroll 44 Yogācāryabhūmiśāstra (Yujia Shi Di Lun) 瑜伽師地論 — count: 180
  • Scroll 22 Notes on the Abhidharmakośabhāṣya 俱舍論記 — count: 169
  • Scroll 15 Xian Yang Shengjiao Lun 顯揚聖教論 — count: 163
  • Scroll 22 Commentary on the Abhidharmakośabhāṣya 俱舍論疏 — count: 160
  • Scroll 24 Abhidharmajñānaprasthānaśāstra (Apitan Ba Jiandu Lun) 阿毘曇八犍度論 — count: 159
  • Scroll 6 Satyasiddhiśāstra (Cheng Shi Lun / Treatise of Establishing Reality) 成實論 — count: 157
  • Scroll 7 Bodhisattvabhūmi (Pusa Xing Chi Jing) 菩薩地持經 — count: 154
  • Scroll 1 Catuḥsatyaśāstra (Si Di Lun) 四諦論 — count: 148

Collocations

  • 苦不乐 (苦不樂) 不苦不樂 — Dīrghāgama 長阿含經, Scroll 4 — count: 11
  • 苦阴 (苦陰) 緣此苦陰 — Dīrghāgama 長阿含經, Scroll 1 — count: 8
  • 大苦 (大苦) 是為此大苦陰緣 — Dīrghāgama 長阿含經, Scroll 10 — count: 7
  • 咸苦 (鹹苦) 海水鹹苦有三因緣 — Dīrghāgama 長阿含經, Scroll 21 — count: 6
  • 苦想 (苦想) 六者無常苦想 — Dīrghāgama 長阿含經, Scroll 2 — count: 6
  • 忧悲苦 (憂悲苦) 憂悲苦不如意惱 — Nirvāṇa Sūtra 佛般泥洹經, Scroll 1 — count: 5
  • 苦报 (苦報) 煩惱苦報墮三惡道 — Dīrghāgama 長阿含經, Scroll 6 — count: 5
  • 见苦 (見苦) 不能見苦 — Sangītisūtra 大集法門經, Scroll 2 — count: 5
  • 尽苦 (儘苦) 平等盡苦 — Dīrghāgama 長阿含經, Scroll 9 — count: 4
  • 苦无我 (苦無我) 七者苦無我想 — Dīrghāgama 長阿含經, Scroll 2 — count: 4