11 strokes
loneliness, quietly, mellow, mature, death of a priest
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1599 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 寂 【ジャク】 (entering into) nirvana, died, silent, tranquil
  • 寂然 【セキゼン】 lonely, desolate, forlornness, desolation
  • 和敬清寂 【ワケイセイジャク】 harmony, respect, purity and tranquility, the four most important elements of the tea ceremony
  • 空寂 【クウジャク】 complete emptiness (i.e. as a denial of the inherent existence of all things), nirvana (where this emptiness is realized), quiet and lonely
  • 寂 【ジャク】 (entering into) nirvana, died, silent, tranquil
  • 寂然 【セキゼン】 lonely, desolate, forlornness, desolation
  • 闃寂 【ゲキセキ】 silent and still, desolate
  • 寂々 【セキセキ】 sad, lonesome, desolate

Kun reading compounds

  • 寂 【さび】 patina, antique look, elegant simplicity, well-trained voice
  • 寂しい 【さびしい】 lonely, lonesome, solitary, desolate
  • 侘と寂 【わびとさび】 taste for the simple and quiet, wabi and sabi
  • 寂々 【せきせき】 sad, lonesome, desolate
  • 寂しい 【さびしい】 lonely, lonesome, solitary, desolate
  • 寂れる 【さびれる】 to decline (in prosperity), to become deserted, to become desolate, to taper off (of a sound)
  • 寂しい 【さびしい】 lonely, lonesome, solitary, desolate


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
ji4, ji2


  • soledad
  • solitario
  • morir
  • caer


  • isolamento
  • calmamente
  • amadurecer
  • amadurecimento
  • morte de um padre


  • solitude
  • tranquillement
  • mûr
  • patiné
  • mort d'un prêtre
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1871 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
1315 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1300 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1213 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1436 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1669 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1784 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1380 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
487 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2855 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1472 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1982 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
727 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
7200 Morohashi
2290 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1342 New Nelson (John Haig)
720 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
777 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1422 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
767 2001 Kanji
3m8.2 The Kanji Dictionary
2-3-8 SKIP code
3094.7 Four corner code
1-28-68 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5bc2 Unicode hex code