6 strokes
contend, dispute, argue
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N3
271 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 争奪 【ソウダツ】 struggle (for), scramble, contest
  • 争議 【ソウギ】 dispute, quarrel, strike
  • 係争 【ケイソウ】 dispute, contention, conflict, controversy
  • 政争 【セイソウ】 political strife

Kun reading compounds

  • 争う 【あらそう】 to compete, to contest, to contend, to quarrel, to argue, to dispute, to be at variance, to oppose, to deny (e.g. evidence)
  • 争うべからざる 【あらそうべからざる】 indisputable


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • pelear
  • disputar
  • discutir
  • competir


  • lutar
  • disputar
  • discutir


  • se quereller
  • se disputer
451 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
558 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
529 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
271 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
186 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
311 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
295 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
344 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
302 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
302 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
361 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
274 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2523 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1281 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1749 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1162 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
236 Morohashi
2030 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
69 New Nelson (John Haig)
1154 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1238 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
107 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
467 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2547 2001 Kanji
2n4.2 The Kanji Dictionary
2-2-4 SKIP code
2750.7 Four corner code
1-33-72 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
4e89 Unicode hex code