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Sadness / Sorrow

bēi shāng
hi shou
Sadness / Sorrow Scroll

悲傷 means, "sadness", "sorrowful", or "grief" in Chinese and Japanese Kanji.

Note: This will be seen as strange on a wall scroll by Chinese and Japanese people.

Sadness / Sorrow

bēi āi
hi ai
Sadness / Sorrow Scroll

悲哀 means grieved, sorrowful, sorrow, grief, and sadness in Chinese, old Korean Hanja and Japanese Kanji.

In the Buddhist context, it suggests the kind feeling in your heart toward others (as the result of feeling sorrow).

Note: This is a strange selection for a calligraphy wall scroll.

Sorrow / Feeling Sorry

wàn xí
Sorrow / Feeling Sorry Scroll

This Chinese word means, "to feel sorry for a person over something that should have happened".

Note: This is a strange thing to write on a wall scroll for Chinese people.

Sorry / Feel Apologetic / Regret

bào qiàn
Sorry / Feel Apologetic / Regret Scroll

抱歉 is the feeling of being or feeling sorry or apologetic.

Basically the idea of being regretful. Not quite the same thing as sorrow.

Note: This is a strange thing to write on a wall scroll for Chinese people - but you can bend the rules if you want in the west.

Sorry / Apologetic / Repent / Regret

hòu huǐ
kou kai / go ke
Sorry / Apologetic / Repent / Regret Scroll

後悔 is the feeling of being or feeling repentant, apologetic, and regret.

後悔 is not sorrow.

This term is often used in the context of Buddhism and other religions.

Note: This is a strange thing to write on a wall scroll for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean people - but you can bend the rules if you want in the west.

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
hi shou / hishou / hi sho / hishobēi shāng
bei1 shang1
bei shang
pei shang
悲哀hi ai / hiaibēi āi / bei1 ai1 / bei ai / beiaipei ai / peiai
Feeling Sorry
惋惜wàn xí / wan4 xi2 / wan xi / wanxiwan hsi / wanhsi
Feel Apologetic
抱歉bào qiàn / bao4 qian4 / bao qian / baoqianpao ch`ien / paochien / pao chien
後悔kou kai / go ke
koukai / goke
ko kai / go ke
kokai / goke
hòu huǐ / hou4 hui3 / hou hui / houhui
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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bēi āi / bei1 ai1
pei ai
 hiai / ひあい
Sorry / Apologetic / Repent / Regret Scroll
grieved; sorrowful
sorrow; grief; sadness

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bēi / bei1
 hi / ひ
sad; sadness; sorrow; grief
{Buddh} karuna (compassion)
karuṇā; kṛpā. Sympathy, pity for another in distress and the desire to help him, sad.


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 ana / あな (interjection) (archaism) (exclamation of happiness, sadness, anger, etc.) ah!; oh!


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 betsui / べつい (1) different opinion; different thought; another intention; (2) regret at parting; sadness of parting


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 aikyou / aikyo / あいきょう (noun/participle) crying loudly with sadness


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 aijou / aijo / あいじょう sadness


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āi chóu / ai1 chou2
ai ch`ou / ai chou
 aishuu / aishu / あいしゅう
sorrow; sadness; distressed; sorrowful
pathos; sorrow; grief


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 aikan / あいかん joys and sorrows; happiness and sadness


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āi qì / ai1 qi4
ai ch`i / ai chi
 aikyuu / aikyu / あいきゅう
to wail
(noun/participle) crying with sadness


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 takon / たこん (noun or adjectival noun) (See 多情多恨) many regrets; much sadness; much resentment; much bitterness


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bēi xīn / bei1 xin1
pei hsin
A heart of pity, of sympathy, or sadness; compassion


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bēi qì / bei1 qi4
pei ch`i / pei chi
 hikyuu / hikyu / ひきゅう
to weep with grief
(noun/participle) tears of grief; crying with sadness
to be moved to tears


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 hirui / ひるい tears of sadness


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bēi tòng / bei1 tong4
pei t`ung / pei tung
 hitsuu / hitsu / ひつう
grieved; sorrowful
(n,adj-na,adj-no) grief; sorrow; extreme sadness; heartbreak



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yōu mèn / you1 men4
yu men
 yuumon / yumon / ゆうもん
depressed; full of worries; feeling down
(noun/participle) anguish; mortification
愁悶 Distress, grief, sadness; distress


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 kumoru / くもる (v5r,vi) (1) to get cloudy; to cloud over; to become overcast; (v5r,vi) (2) to cloud up; to fog up; to mist up; to become dim; (v5r,vi) (3) to be gloomy; to be clouded (expression); to be downcast; (v5r,vi) (4) (from 面曇る) (See 照る・てる・2) to look slightly downward (of a noh mask; indicating sadness, grief, etc.)


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 namidaame / namidame / なみだあめ light rain; rain falling at a time of sadness


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 shinyuu / shinyu / しんゆう deep sadness; great worry


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 insan / いんさん (noun or adjectival noun) sadness and gloom


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 kanashisa / かなしさ sadness; sorrow; grief


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 kanashimi / かなしみ sadness; sorrow; grief



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kū qiū fēng / ku1 qiu1 feng1
k`u ch`iu feng / ku chiu feng
autumnal sadness


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 kanashisa / かなしさ sadness; sorrow; grief


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 kanashimi / かなしみ sadness; sorrow; grief


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 kanashimi / かなしみ (1) sadness; sorrow; grief; (2) (archaism) affection; love


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 tataeru / たたえる (transitive verb) (1) (kana only) to fill (with); to be filled with; (transitive verb) (2) (kana only) to express (an emotion); to project (sadness, joy, etc.); to wear (e.g. a smile)


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 soranaki / そらなき (noun/participle) false or crocodile tears; feigned sadness


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 sakinitatsu / さきにたつ (exp,v5t,vi) (1) to lead; to take the initiative; (exp,v5t,vi) (2) to take precedence (e.g. sadness taking precedence over anger); (exp,v5t,vi) (3) to be most essential



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àn rán xiāo hún / an4 ran2 xiao1 hun2
an jan hsiao hun
overwhelming sadness (idiom); sorrow at parting


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 kurefutagaru;kurefusagaru / くれふたがる;くれふさがる (Godan verb with "ru" ending) (1) to be shrouded by darkness; (Godan verb with "ru" ending) (2) to fall into deep sadness or despair

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