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危 means danger, peril or "to endanger" in Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean.

If you live a dangerous life or want to subtly warn others that you are a dangerous person, this may be the selection for you.

This also means "danger" and sometimes "fear" in Japanese and Korean but is seldom seen outside of compound words in those languages (as a single character, it's kind of like an abbreviation for danger in Japanese and Korean). 危 is also a rather odd selection for a wall scroll anyway. It's only here because people search for danger on our website.

Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity?

wēi jī
Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity? Scroll

Separately, the first character here does mean "danger" or "to endanger" and the second character can mean "opportunity".

However, I want to debunk a myth that was propagated by some westerners who did not have a clear understanding of Asian languages...

While often, Chinese/Japanese/Korean compound words (words of two or more characters) are the sum of their parts, this is not always the case. The compound is often understood with a completely different meaning than the two characters individually.

Many have said that the Chinese/Japanese/Korean word for Crisis is made up of the characters for "danger" and "opportunity". 危機 is true when phrased this way.
However, it's not absolutely correct to say that "danger + opportunity = crisis" in Asian cultures.

English example:
If I tell you that...
Bovine creature + Guy behind the plate in baseball = Locomotive protection would think I was mad. But consider that "cow + catcher = cowcatcher", which is the device that used to be found on steam engines to protect them if they hit an animal on the tracks. When we hear the word "cowcatcher" we don't separate the words into their individual meanings (necessarily).
The same is true with the word for crisis in Chinese/Japanese/Korean. While you can separate the characters, few Asian people would automatically do so in their minds.

The final answer:
It is a half-truth to say, "danger plus opportunity equals crisis" in Chinese/Japanese/Korean. Use this statement and concept with caution.

Also, the second character can mean "secret" or "machine" depending on context so I guess you have to say "a dangerous machine = crisis" or "danger + a secret = crisis". Both of these are only slightly more ridiculous than the first premise.

PS: 危機 is probably not a great word for a scroll, unless you have a special use for it.

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Dangerkiwēi / wei1 / wei
Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity?危機
kikiwēi jī / wei1 ji1 / wei ji / weijiwei chi / weichi
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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wēi / wei1
 ki / き
Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity? Scroll
danger; to endanger; Taiwan pr. [wei2]
(1) danger; (2) {astron} (See 危宿,二十八宿,玄武・げんぶ・2) Chinese "rooftop" constellation (one of the 28 mansions)
Perilous; perilous


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 bouken / boken / ぼうけん
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(noun/participle) (1) adventure; venture; (n,adj-na,vs) (2) venture which is unlikely to succeed; risky attempt; danger; hazard; risk



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jué chǔ féng shēng / jue2 chu3 feng2 sheng1
chüeh ch`u feng sheng / chüeh chu feng sheng
Crisis equals Danger plus Opportunity? Scroll
to come back from death's door (idiom); unexpected rescue from danger; fig. to recover from a seemingly impossible situation; to find a way out of a predicament

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/ ji2
 kyuu / kyu / きゅう
urgent; pressing; rapid; hurried; worried; to make (sb) anxious
(adjectival noun) (1) sudden; abrupt; unexpected; (adjectival noun) (2) urgent; pressing; (adjectival noun) (3) steep; sharp; precipitous; (adjectival noun) (4) rapid; swift; fast; (5) emergency; crisis; danger; (6) urgency; hurrying; haste; (7) (See 序破急) (in gagaku or noh) end of a song
Haste, urgency; promptly; haste

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huàn / huan4
to suffer (from illness); to contract (a disease); misfortune; trouble; danger; worry
to suffer

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/ di2
 teki / てき
enemy; to be a match for; to rival; to resist; to withstand
(1) (ant: 味方・1) opponent; rival; adversary; (2) menace; danger; threat; enemy
To oppose, compete; an enemy; to oppose, compete

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kàn / kan4
k`an / kan
 kan / いくま
to see; to look at; to read; to watch; to visit; to call on; to consider; to regard as; to look after; to treat (an illness); to depend on; to feel (that); (after verb) to give it a try; Watch out! (for a danger)
(personal name) Ikuma
Look, see; watch over; to look at

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bié / bie2
to limp; to sprain (an ankle or wrist); to move carefully, as if evading a danger; to scurry

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xiǎn / xian3
danger; dangerous; rugged

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nàn / nan4
 nan / なん
disaster; distress; to scold
(n,n-suf) (1) difficulty; trouble; hardship; (n,n-suf) (2) accident; disaster; danger; (n,n-suf) (3) fault; defect; (n,n-suf) (4) criticism
Difficult, hard; distress, adversity; opposite of 易 easy; translit. nan, nam; difficult


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 ichinan / いちなん one difficulty; one danger



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qīng wēi / qing1 wei1
ch`ing wei / ching wei
in danger of collapse; in a parlous state; (of person) treacherous



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chū xiǎn / chu1 xian3
ch`u hsien / chu hsien
to get out of trouble; to escape from danger; a danger appears; threatened by danger


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qín wáng / qin2 wang2
ch`in wang / chin wang
 kinnou / kinno / きんのう
to serve the king diligently; to save the country in times of danger; to send troops to rescue the king
loyalty to the emperor; loyalism


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wēi jí / wei1 ji2
wei chi
to endanger; to jeopardize; a danger (to life, national security etc)


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wēi hài / wei1 hai4
wei hai
 kigai / きがい
to jeopardize; to harm; to endanger; harmful effect; damage; CL:個|个[ge4]
injury; harm; danger
endangering; endangering


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wēi jí / wei1 ji2
wei chi
 kikyuu / kikyu / ききゅう
critical; desperate (situation)
(1) emergency; crisis; imminent danger; (2) (obsolete) (See 絶滅危惧) Vulnerable (conservation status); VU


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 kikyoku / ききょく crisis; grave danger; serious depression


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wēi dài / wei1 dai4
wei tai
 kitai / きたい
grave danger; in jeopardy; in a critical condition
danger; jeopardy; distress


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 abunage / あぶなげ (noun or adjectival noun) possibility of danger


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wēi pò / wei1 po4
wei p`o / wei po
urgent; pressing danger


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 kiken / きけん (noun or adjectival noun) (1) (ant: 安全) danger; peril; hazard; (noun or adjectival noun) (2) risk



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wēi xiǎn / wei1 xian3
wei hsien
danger; dangerous



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wēi nàn / wei1 nan4
wei nan
 kinan / きなん
peril; danger; hazard; distress


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 haramu / はらむ (Godan verb with "mu" ending) (1) (kana only) to conceive; to become pregnant; (transitive verb) (2) (kana only) to get filled with (e.g. sails filled with wind); to be swollen with; (3) (kana only) to contain (e.g. contradiction or danger); (v5m,vi) (4) (kana only) to be swollen and ripe (of a plant ear, head, or sprout)


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 haramu / はらむ (Godan verb with "mu" ending) (1) (kana only) to conceive; to become pregnant; (transitive verb) (2) (kana only) to get filled with (e.g. sails filled with wind); to be swollen with; (3) (kana only) to contain (e.g. contradiction or danger); (v5m,vi) (4) (kana only) to be swollen and ripe (of a plant ear, head, or sprout)


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ān wēi / an1 wei1
an wei
 anki / あんき
safety and danger; safety
fate; safety; welfare



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guān nán / guan1 nan2
kuan nan
In danger from the law; official oppression; in trouble with the authorities



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jí nàn / ji2 nan4
chi nan
 kyuunan / kyunan / きゅうなん
misfortune; crisis; grave danger; critical situation; disaster; emergency; to be zealous in helping others out of a predicament
sudden or unexpected disaster


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yuán jiù / yuan2 jiu4
yüan chiu
to come to the aid of; to save; to rescue from danger; to relieve

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