5 strokes
big, very
lose, error, fault, disadvantage, loss
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N3
447 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 失 【シツ】 loss (of something), disadvantage, mistake, error, failure, flaw, defect, error
  • 失業 【シツギョウ】 unemployment, losing one's job, becoming unemployed
  • 得失 【トクシツ】 advantages and disadvantages, plus and minuses
  • 敵失 【テキシツ】 error made by the enemy or opposing team

Kun reading compounds

  • 失う 【うしなう】 to lose, to miss (a chance, opportunity), to lose (a loved one), to be bereaved of, to concede (goals, points, etc.)
  • 失せる 【うせる】 to disappear, to vanish, to fade away, to go, to leave, to die


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • pérdida
  • error
  • defecto
  • fallo
  • perder
  • malograr
  • errar


  • erro
  • falta
  • desvantagem
  • perda


  • perdre
  • erreur
  • faute
  • désavantage
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501 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
523 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
178 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
238 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
447 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
3.13 Japanese for Busy People
311 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
311 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
594 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
413 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
4325 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2189 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2947 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
853 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
5844 Morohashi
3511 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1141 New Nelson (John Haig)
845 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
908 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
346 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
452 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2463 2001 Kanji
0a5.28 The Kanji Dictionary
4-5-4 SKIP code
2503.0 Four corner code
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5931 Unicode hex code