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Danger

A dangerous character in every way
wēi
ki
Danger Scroll

危 means danger, peril or "to endanger" in Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean.

If you live a dangerous life or want to subtly warn others that you are a dangerous person, this may be the selection for you.

This also means "danger" and sometimes "fear" in Japanese and Korean but is seldom seen outside of compound words in those languages (as a single character, it's kind of like an abbreviation for danger in Japanese and Korean). 危 is also a rather odd selection for a wall scroll anyway. It's only here because people search for danger on our website.

Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity?

wēi jī
kiki
Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity? Scroll

Separately, the first character here does mean "danger" or "to endanger" and the second character can mean "opportunity".

However, I want to debunk a myth that was propagated by some westerners who did not have a clear understanding of Asian languages...

While often, Chinese/Japanese/Korean compound words (words of two or more characters) are the sum of their parts, this is not always the case. The compound is often understood with a completely different meaning than the two characters individually.

Many have said that the Chinese/Japanese/Korean word for Crisis is made up of the characters for "danger" and "opportunity". 危機 is true when phrased this way.
However, it's not absolutely correct to say that "danger + opportunity = crisis" in Asian cultures.

English example:
If I tell you that...
Bovine creature + Guy behind the plate in baseball = Locomotive protection
...you would think I was mad. But consider that "cow + catcher = cowcatcher", which is the device that used to be found on steam engines to protect them if they hit an animal on the tracks. When we hear the word "cowcatcher" we don't separate the words into their individual meanings (necessarily).
The same is true with the word for crisis in Chinese/Japanese/Korean. While you can separate the characters, few Asian people would automatically do so in their minds.

The final answer:
It is a half-truth to say, "danger plus opportunity equals crisis" in Chinese/Japanese/Korean. Use this statement and concept with caution.

Also, the second character can mean "secret" or "machine" depending on context so I guess you have to say "a dangerous machine = crisis" or "danger + a secret = crisis". Both of these are only slightly more ridiculous than the first premise.

PS: 危機 is probably not a great word for a scroll, unless you have a special use for it.


The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Dangerkiwēi / wei1 / wei
Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity?危機
危机
kikiwēi jī / wei1 ji1 / wei ji / weijiwei chi / weichi
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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wēi
    wei1
wei
 ki
    き
Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity? Scroll
danger; to endanger; Taiwan pr. [wei2]
(1) danger; (2) {astron} (See 危宿,二十八宿,玄武・げんぶ・2) Chinese "rooftop" constellation (one of the 28 mansions)
Perilous; perilous

冒険

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 bouken / boken
    ぼうけん
Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity? Scroll
(noun/participle) (1) adventure; venture; (n,adj-na,vs) (2) venture which is unlikely to succeed; risky attempt; danger; hazard; risk

絕處逢生


绝处逢生

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jué chǔ féng shēng
    jue2 chu3 feng2 sheng1
chüeh ch`u feng sheng
    chüeh chu feng sheng
Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity? Scroll
to come back from death's door (idiom); unexpected rescue from danger; fig. to recover from a seemingly impossible situation; to find a way out of a predicament

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    ji2
chi
 kyuu / kyu
    きゅう
urgent; pressing; rapid; hurried; worried; to make (sb) anxious
(adjectival noun) (1) sudden; abrupt; unexpected; (adjectival noun) (2) urgent; pressing; (adjectival noun) (3) steep; sharp; precipitous; (adjectival noun) (4) rapid; swift; fast; (5) emergency; crisis; danger; (6) urgency; hurrying; haste; (7) (See 序破急) (in gagaku or noh) end of a song
Haste, urgency; promptly; haste

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huàn
    huan4
huan
 gen
to suffer (from illness); to contract (a disease); misfortune; trouble; danger; worry
to suffer


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    di2
ti
 teki
    てき
enemy; to be a match for; to rival; to resist; to withstand
(1) (ant: 味方・1) opponent; rival; adversary; (2) menace; danger; threat; enemy
To oppose, compete; an enemy; to oppose, compete

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kàn
    kan4
k`an
    kan
 kan
    いくま
to see; to look at; to read; to watch; to visit; to call on; to consider; to regard as; to look after; to treat (an illness); to depend on; to feel (that); (after verb) to give it a try; Watch out! (for a danger)
(personal name) Ikuma
Look, see; watch over; to look at

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bié
    bie2
pieh
to limp; to sprain (an ankle or wrist); to move carefully, as if evading a danger; to scurry


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xiǎn
    xian3
hsien
 ken
danger; dangerous; rugged
misfortune


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nàn
    nan4
nan
 nan
    なん
disaster; distress; to scold
(n,n-suf) (1) difficulty; trouble; hardship; (n,n-suf) (2) accident; disaster; danger; (n,n-suf) (3) fault; defect; (n,n-suf) (4) criticism
Difficult, hard; distress, adversity; opposite of 易 easy; translit. nan, nam; difficult

一難

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 ichinan
    いちなん
one difficulty; one danger

傾危


倾危

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qīng wēi
    qing1 wei1
ch`ing wei
    ching wei
in danger of collapse; in a parlous state; (of person) treacherous

出險


出险

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chū xiǎn
    chu1 xian3
ch`u hsien
    chu hsien
to get out of trouble; to escape from danger; a danger appears; threatened by danger

勤王

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qín wáng
    qin2 wang2
ch`in wang
    chin wang
 kinnou / kinno
    きんのう
to serve the king diligently; to save the country in times of danger; to send troops to rescue the king
loyalty to the emperor; loyalism

危及

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wēi jí
    wei1 ji2
wei chi
to endanger; to jeopardize; a danger (to life, national security etc)

危害

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wēi hài
    wei1 hai4
wei hai
 kigai
    きがい
to jeopardize; to harm; to endanger; harmful effect; damage; CL:個|个[ge4]
injury; harm; danger
endangering; endangering

危急

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wēi jí
    wei1 ji2
wei chi
 kikyuu / kikyu
    ききゅう
critical; desperate (situation)
(1) emergency; crisis; imminent danger; (2) (obsolete) (See 絶滅危惧) Vulnerable (conservation status); VU

危極

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 kikyoku
    ききょく
crisis; grave danger; serious depression

危殆

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wēi dài
    wei1 dai4
wei tai
 kitai
    きたい
grave danger; in jeopardy; in a critical condition
danger; jeopardy; distress

危気

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 abunage
    あぶなげ
(noun or adjectival noun) possibility of danger

危疲

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wéi pí
    wei2 pi2
wei p`i
    wei pi
 kihi
danger and tiredness; danger and tiredness

危迫

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wēi pò
    wei1 po4
wei p`o
    wei po
urgent; pressing danger

危逼

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wēi bī
    wei1 bi1
wei pi
 kihiki
grave danger; grave danger

危険

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 kiken
    きけん
(noun or adjectival noun) (1) (ant: 安全) danger; peril; hazard; (noun or adjectival noun) (2) risk

危險


危险

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wēi xiǎn
    wei1 xian3
wei hsien
danger; dangerous

危難


危难

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wēi nàn
    wei1 nan4
wei nan
 kinan
    きなん
calamity
peril; danger; hazard; distress

妊む

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 haramu
    はらむ
(Godan verb with "mu" ending) (1) (kana only) to conceive; to become pregnant; (transitive verb) (2) (kana only) to get filled with (e.g. sails filled with wind); to be swollen with; (3) (kana only) to contain (e.g. contradiction or danger); (v5m,vi) (4) (kana only) to be swollen and ripe (of a plant ear, head, or sprout)

孕む

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 haramu
    はらむ
(Godan verb with "mu" ending) (1) (kana only) to conceive; to become pregnant; (transitive verb) (2) (kana only) to get filled with (e.g. sails filled with wind); to be swollen with; (3) (kana only) to contain (e.g. contradiction or danger); (v5m,vi) (4) (kana only) to be swollen and ripe (of a plant ear, head, or sprout)

安危

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ān wēi
    an1 wei1
an wei
 anki
    あんき
safety and danger; safety
fate; safety; welfare
security

安厄

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ān è
    an1 e4
an o
 anyaku
security and danger; security and danger

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