6 strokes
death, decay 歹 (歺)
death, die
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N4
229 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 死 【シ】 death, (an) out, death penalty (by strangulation or decapitation; most severe of the five ritsuryō punishments)
  • 死因 【シイン】 cause of death
  • 安楽死 【アンラクシ】 euthanasia
  • 病死 【ビョウシ】 death from disease, death from illness

Kun reading compounds

  • 死ぬ 【しぬ】 to die, to pass away, to lose spirit, to lose vigor, to look dead, to cease, to stop
  • 死ぬ気で 【しぬきで】 all out, like hell, like crazy, desperately, expecting to die


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • muerte
  • morir


  • morte
  • dados


  • mort
  • mourir
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