12 strokes
rap 攴 (攵)
daring, brave, bold, sad, tragic, pitiful
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1859 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 敢闘 【カントウ】 fighting bravely
  • 敢行 【カンコウ】 decisive action, going through with, daring to do, carrying out
  • 勇猛果敢 【ユウモウカカン】 daring and resolute, having dauntless courage
  • 迅速果敢 【ジンソクカカン】 quick and decisive, fast and daring, swift and resolute

Kun reading compounds

  • 敢えて 【あえて】 purposely (of something needless, unexpected or seemingly counterproductive, etc.), daringly (doing something), deliberately, intentionally, not necessarily, not particularly, not especially, definitely not
  • 敢え無い 【あえない】 disappointing (end, result, etc.), sad, miserable, tragic, fleeting, transient


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • osado
  • atrevido


  • ousar
  • frágil
  • lamentável
  • trágico
  • triste
  • franzino


  • audace
  • triste
  • tragique
  • pitoyable
  • frêle
  • faible
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1622 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
942 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2142 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
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