22 strokes
clothes 衣 (衤)
attack, advance on, succeed to, pile, heap
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1130 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 襲撃 【シュウゲキ】 (surprise) attack, assault, raid, charge
  • 襲名 【シュウメイ】 succession to another's professional name
  • 奇襲 【キシュウ】 surprise attack
  • 強襲 【キョウシュウ】 assault, violent attack

Kun reading compounds

  • 襲う 【おそう】 to attack, to assail, to make an assault, to strike, to hunt down, to succeed (someone in a post, role, etc.), to make a sudden visit
  • 重ね 【かさね】 pile, heap, layers (e.g. of clothing), set (e.g. of boxes), course (e.g. of stones), counter for things that are stacked, piled up (or layered, etc.), layers of clothing worn under one's overcoat, combination of colors created by layering of garments (colours)
  • かさねの色目 【かさねのいろめ】 combination of colors created by layering of garments (colours)


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • ataque
  • avance
  • sucesión
  • atacar
  • sorprender


  • ataque
  • avançar
  • ser bem-sucedido


  • attaquer
  • assaillir
  • agresser
  • hériter
  • accumuler
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2-16-6 SKIP code
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8972 Unicode hex code