16 strokes
demolition, break, destroy
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
727 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 壊滅 【カイメツ】 (complete) destruction, annihilation, devastation
  • 壊血病 【カイケツビョウ】 scurvy
  • 損壊 【ソンカイ】 damage, destruction
  • 全壊 【ゼンカイ】 complete destruction
  • 壊死 【エシ】 necrosis
  • 壊劫 【エコウ】 the kalpa of destruction (the third aeon of the universe)
  • 不壊 【フエ】 indestructibility
  • 金剛不壊 【コンゴウフエ】 firm and solid, sturdy and indestructible, unshakable, adamantine

Kun reading compounds

  • 壊す 【こわす】 to break, to destroy, to demolish, to wreck, to ruin, to spoil, to damage, to break (a bill, etc.)
  • 壊れる 【こわれる】 to be broken, to break, to fall apart, to collapse, to be destroyed, to be damaged, to break (down), to stop working, to fall through (of a plan, deal, etc.), to collapse, to break down (of a relationship, negotiations, etc.), to be broken off, to be ruined (of an atmosphere, one's image, etc.)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
huai4, pi1


  • colapso
  • derrumbe
  • destrucción
  • romper
  • romperse
  • averiarse


  • demolição
  • quebrar
  • destruir


  • démolition
  • casser
  • détruire
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