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哀 means 'piteous'

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Strokes : 9    Frequency: 1403   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-20    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 55 words   Used in 61 words   Used in 37 names   Component in 8 kanji (2 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
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   アイ
Kun
   あわ piteous, sorrowful   あわれむ to feel pity
Kun    かなしい   かなしむ to feel sad, mourn
⿻   mouth   clothes  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 哀 is used 4 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 哀 is used 59 times, read 3 ways (with 3 variations).
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アイ : 42 words FIND ALL
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noun
pathos; sorrow; grief
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アイ (read as わい) : 1 word FIND ALL
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Most common form: かわいそう
poor; pitiable; pathetic; pitiful  (often written with kana only)
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かなしい : 7 words FIND ALL
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Most common form: 悲しい
sad; sorrowful
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あわ : 7 words FIND ALL
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'mu' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to commiserate; to pity; to have mercy on; to sympathize with; to sympathise with
2. to enjoy the beauty of; to appreciate (e.g. the moon, flowers)  (archaic; this meaning is restricted to form 哀れむ)
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かなしい (read as がな) : 1 word FIND ALL
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sad; melancholy
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かなしい (read as かなしい) : 1 word FIND ALL
Most common form: 悲しいかな
expression
Sad to say; How sad; Alas
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アイ   あわ piteous, sorrowful   あわれむ to feel pity   
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コウ   ク   くち mouth   
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イ   ころも clothes   
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