I-adjective (keiyoushi)
1. severe; strict; rigid; unsparing; relentless
  • かれ
  • きび厳しい
  • ひはん批判
  • さらされた
He was subjected to severe criticism.
I-adjective (keiyoushi)
2. hard (to do); difficult; tricky
  • れんしゅう練習
  • どんなに
  • きび厳しくて
  • かのじょ彼女
  • けっ決して
  • 泣かなかった
However hard the training was, she never cried.
I-adjective (keiyoushi)
3. intense (e.g. cold); harsh (weather); inclement
  • ツンドラ
  • ちたい地帯
  • きこう気候
  • きび厳しい
The tundra has a harsh climate.
Other forms
酷しい 【きびしい】
酷しい: Rarely-used kanji form.


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