9 strokes
heart 心 (忄, ⺗)
repent, regret
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1460 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 悔恨 【カイコン】 regret, remorse, repentance, contrition
  • 悔悟 【カイゴ】 remorse, repentance
  • 痛悔 【ツウカイ】 contrition, extreme regret, contrition (in Catholicism)
  • 亢龍有悔 【コウリョウユウカイ】 the arrogant dragon will have cause to repent, he who reaches the top is bound to fail if he is not prudent

Kun reading compounds

  • 悔いる 【くいる】 to regret
  • 悔やむ 【くやむ】 to mourn, to lament, to be sorry, to regret, to repent
  • 悔しい 【くやしい】 frustrated (over a failure, humiliation or injustice), annoyed, chagrined, (bitterly) disappointed, bitter, vexed, frustrating, annoying, regrettable


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • arrepentirse
  • lamentar
  • sentir
  • llevar luto
  • lamentable


  • Arrepender-se
  • lamentar


  • regret
  • repentir
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1950 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
1682 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1166 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1296 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1733 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1855 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1219 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
812 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
435 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
270 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
324 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
632 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
10617P Morohashi
365 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1848 New Nelson (John Haig)
625 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
672 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1254 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1147 2001 Kanji
4k6.12 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-6 SKIP code
9805.5 Four corner code
1-18-89 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
6094 Unicode hex code