7 strokes
heart 心 (忄, ⺗)
mourning, abhor, detestable, death anniversary
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1882 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 忌 【キ】 mourning, mourning period, anniversary of one's death
  • 忌避 【キヒ】 evasion, avoidance, shirking, recusation (of a judge), taking exception (to a judge), challenge
  • 回忌 【カイキ】 death anniversary, anniversary of a person's death
  • 七回忌 【シチカイキ】 sixth anniversary of a death

Kun reading compounds

  • 忌む 【いむ】 to avoid, to refrain from, to shun, to detest
  • 忌むべき 【いむべき】 abominable, detestable
  • 忌み 【いみ】 mourning, abstinence, taboo, religious purification, pure, holy
  • 忌み明け 【いみあけ】 end of mourning
  • 子忌み 【ねいみ】 collecting herbs and pulling out young pine trees by the roots (annual event held on the first day of the Rat of the New Year)
  • 物忌み 【ものいみ】 purification through fasting and abstinence, confinement to one's house on inauspicious days to avoid misfortune (Onmyōdō practice)
  • 忌まわしい 【いまわしい】 abhorrent, abominable, detestable, disgusting, horrid, repugnant, ominous, inauspicious, unlucky


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • aborrecer
  • detestar
  • luto


  • luto
  • odiar
  • detestável
  • aniversário de morte


  • deuil
  • détester
  • répugnant
  • anniversaire du décès
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1797 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
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1697 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
769 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2735 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1401 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1889 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
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10310 Morohashi
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1786 New Nelson (John Haig)
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1121 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
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2-3-4 SKIP code
1733.1 Four corner code
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