13 strokes (also 12)
walk 辵 (辶, ⻌, ⻍)
difference, differ
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N3
344 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 違反 【イハン】 violation, offense, offence, breach, transgression, infringement, contravention
  • 違憲 【イケン】 unconstitutionality
  • 格段の相違 【カクダンノソウイ】 marked difference
  • 非違 【ヒイ】 illegality, police and judicial chief (Heian and Kamakura periods)

Kun reading compounds

  • 違う 【ちがう】 to differ (from), to be different, to be distinct, to be unlike, to vary, to disagree (with), to be wrong, to be incorrect, to be mistaken, to become abnormal, to go wrong, isn't it?, wasn't it?
  • 違くて 【ちがくて】 different (from), not the same (as)
  • 違い 【ちがい】 difference, distinction, discrepancy, mistake, error
  • 違いない 【ちがいない】 sure, no mistaking it, for certain, without doubt
  • 違える 【ちがえる】 to change, to alter, to mistake, to make a mistake, to fail to keep (e.g. one's promise), to sprain (a muscle), to dislocate (e.g. one's neck)
  • 違う 【たがう】 to differ, to be different, to run counter to, to change (into something out of the ordinary)
  • 違える 【たがえる】 to change, to alter, to run counter to, to go against, to break (one's word), to make a mistake (in), to err


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • diferencia
  • diferir
  • violar
  • ser diferente
  • cambiar
  • alterar


  • diferença
  • diferir


  • différence
  • différer
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