10 strokes
clothes 衣 (衤)
decline, wane, weaken
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1432 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 衰退 【スイタイ】 decline, degeneration, decay, waning, ebbing
  • 衰弱 【スイジャク】 weakness, debility, breakdown, prostration
  • 減衰 【ゲンスイ】 attenuation, damping, decay
  • 盛衰 【セイスイ】 rise and fall, ups and downs, welfare, vicissitudes

Kun reading compounds

  • 衰える 【おとろえる】 to become weak, to decline, to wear, to abate, to decay, to wither, to waste away


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
shuai1, cui1
soe, choe


  • declinar
  • rehusar
  • menguar
  • debilitarse


  • decadência
  • decadente
  • enfraquecer


  • déclin
  • diminuer
  • s'affaiblir
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1725 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1676 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1791 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1805 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1622 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2604 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1333 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1806 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1908 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
34127 Morohashi
2100 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5432 New Nelson (John Haig)
1890 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
2037 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1388 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
465 2001 Kanji
2j8.1 The Kanji Dictionary
2-2-8 SKIP code
0073.2 Four corner code
1-31-74 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
8870 Unicode hex code