14 strokes
net 网 (罒, ⺲, 罓, ⺳)
penalty, punishment
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1220 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 罰 【バツ】 punishment, penalty
  • 罰一 【バツイチ】 being once divorced, one-time divorcee, one x mark (i.e. one name struck from the family register)
  • 処罰 【ショバツ】 punishment, penalty
  • 懲罰 【チョウバツ】 discipline, punishment, reprimand
  • 罰 【バチ】 (divine) punishment, curse, retribution
  • 罰が当たる 【バチガアタル】 to incur divine punishment, to pay for one's sins, you'll pay for that!, what goes around, comes around
  • 仏罰 【ブツバチ】 punishment by Buddha, divine retribution

Kun reading compounds

  • 罰する 【ばっする】 to punish, to penalize, to penalise


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • pena
  • castigo


  • penalidade
  • punição


  • punition
  • châtiment
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