15 strokes
water 水 (氵, 氺)
undefiled, pure, clean, righteous, gallant
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N1
1595 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 廉潔 【レンケツ】 honest, incorruptible, integrity
  • 貞潔 【テイケツ】 chastity, purity

Kun reading compounds

  • 潔い 【いさぎよい】 gracious (defeat, apology, etc.), graceful, honourable (e.g. death), noble, gallant, brave, manly, sportsmanlike, upright, righteous, honest, pure (heart), innocent, unspoiled (scenery, etc.), pure, clean


Japanese names:
きよ、 きよし
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • claro
  • puro
  • limpio
  • honrado
  • varonil


  • incorrupto
  • puro
  • limpar
  • correto
  • galanteador


  • viril
  • immaculé
  • pur
  • clair
  • droit
  • brave
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