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karoshi

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EtymologyEdit

Japanese 過労死 (karōshi), from 過労 (karō, overwork) + (shi, death).

NounEdit

karoshi (uncountable)

  1. Death, such as from heart attack or stroke, brought on by overwork or job-related stress.
    • 1976, Bill Henderson, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, Pushcart Press, page 207:
      For a while he began to speak Japanese, rather slangy, never having seemed to learn it — karoshi for death from overwork, yakitaori-ya for eatery, and gaijin for clumsy foreigner.