11 strokes
heart 心 (忄, ⺗)
pity, be sparing of, frugal, stingy, regret
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1641 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 惜敗 【セキハイ】 regrettable defeat, defeat by a narrow margin
  • 惜春 【セキシュン】 lamenting the passing of spring, lamenting the passing of one's youth
  • 痛惜 【ツウセキ】 deep regret
  • 哀惜 【アイセキ】 grief, sorrow

Kun reading compounds

  • 惜しい 【おしい】 regrettable, disappointing, unfortunate, precious, dear, valuable, too good for, deserving better, almost (but not quite), close (but no cigar)
  • 惜しむ 【おしむ】 to be frugal, to be sparing, to value, to hold dear, to regret (e.g. a loss), to feel sorry (for), to be unwilling, to be reluctant
  • 惜しむべき 【おしむべき】 lamentable, regrettable


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
xi1, xi2


  • lastima
  • condolencia
  • pena
  • penoso
  • lamentable
  • condolerse
  • sentir
  • estimar


  • compaixão
  • poupar
  • frugal
  • mesquinho


  • regret
  • frugal
  • radin
  • économe
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