8 strokes
town (阝 right) 邑 (阝)
wicked, injustice, wrong
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1612 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 邪 【ジャ】 wickedness, evil, wicked person
  • 邪魔 【ジャマ】 hindrance, obstacle, nuisance, disturbance, interruption, interference, to visit (someone's home), demon who hinders Buddhist training, demon who obstructs sentient beings from maintaining moral behaviour
  • 妖邪 【ヨウジャ】 evil intent, malice
  • 破邪 【ハジャ】 crushing evil, destroying heresy

Kun reading compounds

  • 邪 【よこしま】 wicked, evil, wrong, bad
  • 邪まな心 【よこしまなこころ】 evil heart


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
xie2, ye2
sa, ya


  • injusticia
  • equivocación


  • malvado
  • injustiça
  • errado


  • sournois
  • dépravé
  • pervers
  • mauvais
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1-5-3 SKIP code
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90aa Unicode hex code