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English Reference for sekkaku (せっかく)

Kanji
Kana
せっかく
sekkaku
Definitions
  1. adverb noun usually kana with trouble, at great pains
  2. no-adjective rare, valuable, precious, long-awaited
  3. kind
  4. adverb specially, especially, expressly
Example sentences
If you could do it at all, I'd like you to do it
Your wonderful lecture was pearls before swine
The temporary workers that we managed to employ left work right away
We'd better try to sell or give away all these white elephants we've collected
Though I went to see her all the way in the rain, she was out
I'm sorry that I wasn't home when you so kindly dropped by
He has failed after all his labors
All my pains went for nothing
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