Definition of hibakusha in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɪbəˌkuːʃə/

noun (plural same)

(In Japan) a survivor of either of the atomic explosions at Hiroshima or Nagasaki in 1945.
Example sentences
  • For many Americans, the hibakusha - the Japanese survivors of the atomic bombs - became archetypes for the human condition in the Atomic Age.
  • With huge photographs of the carnage, and stories from hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors), they eloquently conveyed the heartfelt plea of most Japanese people for nuclear abolition.
  • Lifting up that light, the aging hibakusha are calling for U.S. President George Bush to visit Hiroshima.


Mid 20th century: Japanese, from hi 'suffer' + baku 'explosion' + sha 'person'.

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