12 strokes
silk 糸 (糹)
discontinue, sever, cut off, abstain, interrupt, suppress, be beyond, without match, peerless, unparalleled
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N3
784 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 絶 【ゼツ】 starting field which contains the November and/or December 20-point card
  • 絶縁 【ゼツエン】 breaking off relations (with), severing one's connections (with), breaking with (e.g. one's past), insulation (electrical or thermal), isolation
  • 超絶 【チョウゼツ】 transcendence, excellence, superiority
  • 壮絶 【ソウゼツ】 heroic, fierce, grand, sublime, magnificent

Kun reading compounds

  • 絶える 【たえる】 to die out, to peter out, to become extinct, to cease, to be stopped, to be discontinued, to be cut off
  • 絶えることなく 【たえることなく】 unceasing, relentless
  • 絶やす 【たやす】 to exterminate, to eradicate, to wipe out, to put an end to, to let (fire) go out, to let die (e.g. flowers), to run out of
  • 断つ 【たつ】 to sever, to cut off, to suppress, to eradicate, to exterminate, to abstain (from), to give up


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • extinguir
  • eliminar
  • rechazar
  • absoluto
  • lugar escarpado
  • desaparecer
  • extinguirse
  • exterminar
  • erradicar
  • suprimir


  • descontinuar
  • além de
  • romper
  • cortar desligar
  • abster- se
  • interromper
  • suprimir


  • cesser
  • au-delà
  • rompre
  • couper
  • s'abstenir
  • interrompre
  • supprimer
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756 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
733 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
743 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
3539 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
630 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
820 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
2148 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
742 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
755 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
734 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1534 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1711 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
917 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1240 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1770 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
49469 Morohashi
1353 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
4490 New Nelson (John Haig)
1754 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1891 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
756 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2756 2001 Kanji
6a6.11 The Kanji Dictionary
1-6-6 SKIP code
2791.7 Four corner code
1-32-68 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
7d76 Unicode hex code