12 strokes (also 11)
degenerate, descend to, lapse into
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
2087 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 堕落 【ダラク】 depravity, corruption, degradation
  • 堕胎 【ダタイ】 abortion, feticide
  • 落堕 【ラクダ】 marrying (of a monk), returning to secular life (of a monk)

Kun reading compounds

  • 堕ちる 【おちる】 to decline (of morals, character, etc.), to become vulgar (e.g. of a conversation), to stoop (to), to sink (so low), to be ruined, to go under, to fall (into hell)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
duo4, hui1
ta, hyu


  • caer
  • derrumbarse
  • cometer un desliz


  • degenerado
  • descender


  • dégénérer
  • sombrer
  • s'abaisser
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1979 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
1092 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1511 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1156 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1742 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1865 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1693 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
357 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3501 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1804 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2456 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1324 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
2822 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1033 New Nelson (John Haig)
1314 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1411 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1514 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3672 2001 Kanji
3b8.14 The Kanji Dictionary
2-9-3 SKIP code
2-8-3 SKIP code
7410.4 Four corner code
1-34-36 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5815 Unicode hex code