17 strokes
stern, strictness, severity, rigidity
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N1
638 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 厳 【ゲン】 strict, stern
  • 厳格 【ゲンカク】 strict, severe, stern, rigid, rigorous, tough
  • 謹厳 【キンゲン】 stern, grave, solemn, sobersided
  • 冷厳 【レイゲン】 grim, stern, stark, heartless
  • 華厳 【ケゴン】 avatamsa (flower adornment, as a metaphor for becoming a buddha), Avatamska sutra, Kegon (sect of Buddhism)
  • 荘厳 【ショウゴン】 decorating (a Buddhist statue or temple), adorning

Kun reading compounds

  • 厳か 【おごそか】 solemn (ceremony, atmosphere, etc.), austere, grave, majestic, dignified, stately, impressive
  • 厳しい 【きびしい】 severe, strict, rigid, unsparing, relentless, hard (to do), difficult, tricky, intense (e.g. cold), harsh (weather), inclement
  • 厳しい暑さ 【きびしいあつさ】 intense heat
  • 厳めしい 【いかめしい】 stern, grave, austere, imposing, dignified, formidable, solemn, majestic, strict (e.g. security), severe, firm, rigid, rigorous


Japanese names:
いつ、 いづ、 きゅうら、 とし
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • solemne
  • austero
  • severo
  • rígido
  • estricto


  • severo
  • estrito
  • seriedade
  • rigidez


  • strict
  • sévère
  • rigide
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