9 strokes (also 8)
walk 辵 (辶, ⻌, ⻍)
inverted, reverse, opposite, wicked
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N2
683 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 逆 【ギャク】 reverse, opposite, converse (of a hypothesis, etc.), inverse (function)
  • 逆効果 【ギャクコウカ】 opposite effect, adverse effect, backfiring
  • 反逆 【ハンギャク】 treason, treachery, mutiny, rebellion, insurrection
  • 可逆 【カギャク】 reversible, invertible
  • 逆旅 【ゲキリョ】 inn
  • 逆鱗 【ゲキリン】 one's superior's anger, imperial wrath
  • 莫逆 【バクギャク】 cordial relations
  • 乱逆 【ランギャク】 rebellion

Kun reading compounds

  • 逆 【さか】 inverse, reverse
  • 逆さ 【さかさ】 inverted, upside down, reversed, back to front
  • 逆さ 【さかさ】 inverted, upside down, reversed, back to front
  • 逆さま 【さかさま】 inverted, upside down, reversed, back to front, wrong way round
  • 逆らう 【さからう】 to go against, to oppose, to disobey, to defy


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • reverso
  • inverso
  • opuesto
  • ir en contra
  • oponerse
  • desobedecer


  • invertido
  • inverter
  • travesso
  • contrário


  • inverse
  • contraire
  • opposé
  • mauvais
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857 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4685 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
790 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
956 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1235 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
444 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
451 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
386 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
685 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3835 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1966 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2662 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1978 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
38849P Morohashi
3091 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
6041 New Nelson (John Haig)
1959 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
2109 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
695 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
960 2001 Kanji
2q6.8 The Kanji Dictionary
3-3-6 SKIP code
3830.4 Four corner code
1-21-53 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
9006 Unicode hex code