Definition of hikikomori in English:

hikikomori

Line breaks: hi¦ki¦ko|mori
Pronunciation: /hɪˌkɪkə(ʊ)ˈmɔːri
 
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noun (plural same)

[mass noun]
  • 1(In Japan) the abnormal avoidance of social contact, typically by adolescent males.
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    • Western psychologists compare hikikomori with social anxiety and agoraphobia, a fear of open places.
    • A syndrome known as hikikomori, in which the outside world is shunned, is wreaking havoc on young people in Japan, a country known for its communal values.
    • The decision is difficult, given that he the hikikomori is a profoundly circular and fantastic concept.
  • 1.1 [count noun] A person who avoids social contact.
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    • A 17-year-old hikikomori sufferer killed a passenger after leaving his self-imposed exile and hijacking a bus.
    • Recounting his own experience, he said: "It's difficult to say when my son first began to be a hikikomori.
    • While most hikikomori sufferers are merely anti-social, the condition has led to a number of violent crimes.

Origin

Japanese, literally 'staying indoors, (social) withdrawal'.

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