10 strokes
weapon, lance
kill, murder, butcher, slice off, split, diminish, reduce, spoil
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N3
581 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 殺意 【サツイ】 intent to kill, intent to murder, urge to kill, murderous impulse
  • 殺害 【サツガイ】 killing, murder
  • 他殺 【タサツ】 murder
  • 併殺 【ヘイサツ】 double play
  • 相殺 【ソウサイ】 offset, offsetting each other, cancelling each other out, counterbalancing, set-off, setoff, killing each other
  • 減殺 【ゲンサイ】 lessening, diminishing, reducing
  • 殺害 【サツガイ】 killing, murder
  • 刹那 【セツナ】 moment, instant, kshana, duration of a single mental event (about 1/75 second), shortest possible interval of time
  • 歳殺 【サイセツ】 Saisetsu, one of the eight gods of the traditional calendar

Kun reading compounds

  • 殺す 【ころす】 to kill, to slay, to murder, to slaughter, to suppress, to block, to hamper, to destroy (e.g. talent), to eliminate (e.g. an odour), to spoil (e.g. a flavour), to kill (e.g. one's speed), to suppress (a voice, feelings, etc.), to hold back, to stifle (a yawn, laugh, etc.), to hold (one's breath), to put out (a runner), to pawn, to put in hock
  • 削ぐ 【そぐ】 to chip (off), to shave off, to slice off, to cut off, to sharpen, to dampen (one's enthusiasm, interest, etc.), to reduce, to diminish, to weaken, to spoil
  • 殺める 【あやめる】 to wound, to murder


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
sha1, shai4
sal, soe


  • matar
  • quitar la vida


  • matar
  • assassinato
  • açougueiro
  • fatiar
  • partir
  • diminuir
  • reduzir
  • corromper


  • tuer
  • meurtre
  • massacrer
  • abattre
  • trancher
  • fendre
  • diminuer
  • réduire
  • gâcher
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