12 strokes
rap 攴 (攵)
awe, respect, honor, revere
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N2
1078 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 敬 【ケイ】 reverence, respect
  • 敬意 【ケイイ】 respect, honour, honor
  • 失敬 【シッケイ】 rudeness, impoliteness, disrespect, impertinence, leaving, going (on one's way), saying goodbye, taking without permission, stealing, pinching, pilfering, my apologies, I must be going now, so long
  • 愛敬 【アイギョウ】 love and respect
  • ご愛嬌 【ゴアイキョウ】 entertainment, amusement, fun
  • 男は度胸女は愛敬 【オトコハドキョウオンナハアイキョウ】 men should be brave, women should be affable

Kun reading compounds

  • 敬う 【うやまう】 to show respect for, to revere, to honour, to honor, to worship, to hold in esteem


Japanese names:
け、 たか、 たかし、 たけ、 とし、 のり、 ひろ、 ゆき、 よし
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • respeto
  • honor
  • mostrar respeto
  • respetar


  • temor
  • respeito
  • honra
  • reverencia


  • respect
  • déférence
  • honorer
  • révérer
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705 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
718 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
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943 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2136 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1117 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1517 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
340 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
13285P Morohashi
1701 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2351 New Nelson (John Haig)
334 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
356 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
943 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1966 2001 Kanji
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