One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in Japan) a survivor of either of the atomic explosions at Hiroshima or Nagasaki in 1945.
- ‘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.’
- ‘For many Americans, the hibakusha - the Japanese survivors of the atomic bombs - became archetypes for the human condition in the Atomic Age.’
- ‘Lifting up that light, the aging hibakusha are calling for U.S. President George Bush to visit Hiroshima.’
- ‘The visit by the mission is expected to eventually pave the way for the Japanese government to offer aid to the hibakusha in North Korea and also to give impetus to stalled normalization talks between the two countries.’
Mid 20th century: Japanese, from hi ‘suffer’ + baku ‘explosion’ + sha ‘person’.
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