13 strokes
heart 心 (忄, ⺗)
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1811 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 慈善 【ジゼン】 charity, philanthropy
  • 慈悲 【ジヒ】 mercy, compassion, clemency, pity, charity, benevolence, rufous hawk-cuckoo, northern hawk-cuckoo
  • 具慈 【グジ】 tilefish (Branchiostegus spp.), blanquillo, horse-head fish
  • 仁慈 【ジンジ】 kind-hearted, benevolence

Kun reading compounds

  • 慈しむ 【いつくしむ】 to love (someone weaker than oneself), to be affectionate towards, to treat with tender loving care


Japanese names:
しげ、 ちか、 めぐみ、 よし
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • amar
  • encariñarse
  • misericordia
  • tener misericordia


  • misericórdia


  • miséricorde
  • pitié
  • affection
1328 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1829 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
612 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1194 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1309 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
2701 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1547 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1649 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1778 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
794 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2949 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1515 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2053 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1401 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
10980P Morohashi
2339 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1924 New Nelson (John Haig)
1389 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1490 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1624 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
958 2001 Kanji
2o11.1 The Kanji Dictionary
2-3-10 SKIP code
2-9-4 SKIP code
8033.3 Four corner code
1-27-92 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
6148 Unicode hex code