9 strokes
ten, complete
lowly, base, vile, vulgar, despise
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
2003 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 卑劣 【ヒレツ】 mean, contemptible, despicable, dirty, foul, cowardly, base
  • 卑怯 【ヒキョウ】 cowardly, craven, unfair, mean, sneaky, dirty, dastardly
  • 男尊女卑 【ダンソンジョヒ】 male domination of women, male chauvinism, subjection of women
  • 野卑 【ヤヒ】 vulgar, mean, base, coarse, crude

Kun reading compounds

  • 卑しい 【いやしい】 lowborn, humble, lowly, vulgar, coarse, crude, mean, base, vile, despicable, dirty, unfair, shabby, poor-looking, greedy, gluttonous, avaricious
  • 卑しい生まれ 【いやしいうまれ】 lowborn, of humble birth
  • 卑しむ 【いやしむ】 to despise, to disdain, to scorn, to hold in contempt, to look down on
  • 卑しむべき 【いやしむべき】 despicable
  • 卑しめる 【いやしめる】 to demean, to despise, to treat with contempt, to abase


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • humilde
  • vulgar
  • vil
  • despreciable
  • despreciar
  • desdeñar


  • humilde
  • ordinário
  • vil
  • vulgar


  • humble
  • ignoble
  • vil
  • vulgaire
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