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READING  コク
MEANING  cruel
JLPT level N1 (full info & stroke order)
 
Words/compounds
ざんこく
cruelty, harshness
こっかん
severe (intense) cold, depth of winter
こくし
exploitation, overuse, abuse
れいこく
cruelty, coldheartedness, relentless, ruthless
こっぴどい
bad, harsh, severe
 
Example sentences
残酷
圧倒的多数がその残酷な刑罰を廃止することに票を投じた。
An overwhelming majority voted to abolish the brutal punishment.
 
警察署内での拷問の残酷さは筆舌に尽くし難い。
The cruelty of the torture in the police station is beyond description.
酷寒
救援機は強風と酷寒に対処しなければならなかった。
The rescue flight had to reckon with strong winds and freezing temperatures.
酷使
酷使されている不法外国人労働者は制度の隙間にこぼれ落ちてしまうことが多いのです。
Mistreated illegal foreign workers often fall between the cracks of the social system.
冷酷
彼の冷酷な言葉が今でも私の心の中でうずいている。
His bitter words still rankle in my mind.
 
Lookalikes
 
コク、つ-げる 
tell
 
ゾウ、つく-る 
create