3 strokes
deceased, the late, dying, perish
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N3
661 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 亡 【ボウ】 death, the late, the deceased
  • 亡命 【ボウメイ】 fleeing from one's country, seeking asylum, defection, emigration (for political reasons), (going into) exile, becoming a (political) refugee
  • 存亡 【ソンボウ】 life or death, existence, destiny
  • 興亡 【コウボウ】 rise and fall, ups and downs
  • 亡者 【モウジャ】 the dead, ghost, person who is obsessed (with money, power, etc.), person with a blind lust (for)
  • 亡者船 【モウジャブネ】 ship of the dead which appears if you go fishing the night of the Bon festival
  • 焼亡 【ショウボウ】 destruction by fire
  • 損亡 【ソンモウ】 loss

Kun reading compounds

  • 亡い 【ない】 dead
  • 滅びる 【ほろびる】 to go to ruin, to go under, to fall, to be destroyed, to die out, to become extinct, to perish
  • 滅ぶ 【ほろぶ】 to be ruined, to go under, to perish, to be destroyed
  • 滅ぼす 【ほろぼす】 to destroy, to overthrow, to wreck, to ruin


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
wang2, wu2
mang, mu


  • desaparecer
  • perecer
  • difunto
  • huir
  • escapar


  • falecido
  • agonizante
  • atrasado
  • perecer


  • décédé
  • feu ...
  • mon regretté ...
  • mourir
  • périr
  • détruire
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297 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
672 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
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582 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
37 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
4210 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2126 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2874 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
496 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
287 Morohashi
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86 New Nelson (John Haig)
485 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
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829 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
475 2001 Kanji
2j1.1 The Kanji Dictionary
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