13 strokes
weapon, lance
break, destroy, censure, be chipped, be scratched, be broken, be ruined
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 毀損 【キソン】 damage, injury, defamation, harm
  • 毀壊 【キカイ】 breaking, demolishing, smashing, destroying, wrecking, being broken, being ruined, being destroyed, being worn out
  • 焼毀 【ショウキ】 completely destroying by fire
  • 誹毀 【ヒキ】 defamation, libel, calumny, slander

Kun reading compounds

  • 毀つ 【こぼつ】 to destroy, to break, to damage
  • 壊す 【こわす】 to break, to destroy, to demolish, to wreck, to ruin, to spoil, to damage, to break (a bill, etc.)
  • 毀れる 【こぼれる】 to be chipped, to be nicked
  • 壊れる 【こわれる】 to be broken, to break, to fall apart, to collapse, to be destroyed, to be damaged, to break (down), to stop working, to fall through (of a plan, deal, etc.), to collapse, to break down (of a relationship, negotiations, etc.), to be broken off, to be ruined (of an atmosphere, one's image, etc.)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):




2460 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1897 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
2246 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1592 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
16654 Morohashi
1791 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
3000 New Nelson (John Haig)
2067 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1532 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
3b10.14 The Kanji Dictionary
1-9-4 SKIP code
1-8-4 SKIP code
7714.7 Four corner code
1-52-44 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
6bc0 Unicode hex code