13 strokes
holy, saint, sage, master, priest
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N1
1165 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 聖 【セイ】 Saint, St., S., sacred, holy, pure
  • 聖域 【セイイキ】 sacred precincts, sanctuary, consecrated ground, holy ground, issue that is regarded as being off-limits, matter that is not up for discussion
  • 棋聖 【キセイ】 great master of go, great master of shogi
  • 亜聖 【アセイ】 sage of the second order
  • 精霊 【ショウリョウ】 spirit of the deceased
  • 聖者 【セイジャ】 saint
  • 大聖 【ダイショウ】 Buddha, high-ranked bodhisattva
  • 仏餉 【ブッショウ】 rice offered to Buddha

Kun reading compounds

  • 聖 【ひじり】 highly virtuous monk, monk, Buddhist solitary, Buddhist missionary, saint (i.e. a virtuous person), emperor, master, expert
  • 聖柄 【ひじりづか】 sword hilt shaped similar to the handle of a vajra, plain, wooden sword hilt (as opposed to those wrapped in sharkskin)
  • 高野聖 【こうやひじり】 Mount Kōya missionary (usu. low-ranking monk), Lethocerus deyrollei (species of giant water bug)


Japanese names:
きよ、 さと、 さとし、 せ、 たか、 ただ、 ひろ、 まさ、 み
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • santo
  • sagrado
  • sabio
  • relacionado con cristianismo


  • santo
  • sagrado
  • sábio
  • mestre
  • padre


  • saint
  • sage
  • maître
  • prêtre
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1663 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
2030 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
674 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
686 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
580 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1583 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3509 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1812 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2464 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
833 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
29074P Morohashi
2830 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
4727 New Nelson (John Haig)
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888 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
962 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3272 2001 Kanji
4f9.9 The Kanji Dictionary
2-9-4 SKIP code
1610.4 Four corner code
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8056 Unicode hex code