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Kanji Information Sheet for 悪  ( PDF version of this Kanji PDF version )

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Bushu (Radical) Info:
一 (いち) – one
心 (シン, こころ, -ごころ, りっしんべん) – heart; mind; spirit
攸 (ユウ, ところ) – distant, far; adverbial prefix; relaxed; at ease; place
Henshall Mnemonic: sub-human, ugly, twisted feelings are bad
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 3
Frequency: #530 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  • い   [わるい]
    (adj) bad; inferior   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [あくま]
    (n) devil; demon; fiend; Satan; evil spirit   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いたずら]
    (adj-na,n,vs) tease; prank; trick; practical joke; mischief   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [わるくち]
    (n) abuse; insult; slander; evil speaking   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [いじわる]
    (adj-na,n) malicious; ill-tempered; unkind   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [あく]
    (n) evil; wickedness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • し   [よしあし]
    (n) good or bad; merits or demerits; quality; suitability   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • しからず   [あしからず]
    (adv) don't take me wrong, but ..; I'm sorry   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あっか]
    (n,vs) (suffer) deterioration; growing worse; aggravation; degeneration; corruption   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あっこう]
    (n) abuse; insult; slander; evil speaking   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [わるもの]
    (n) bad fellow; rascal; ruffian; scoundrel   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [そあく]
    (adj-na,n) coarse; crude; inferior   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あくとく]
    (adj-na,n) vice; immorality; corruption   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れつあく]
    (adj-na,n) inferiority; coarseness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あくむ]
    (n) nightmare; bad dream   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あくやく]
    (n) villain; baddie; the villain's part   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あくよう]
    (n,vs) abuse; misuse; perversion   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅうあく]
    (adj-na,n) ugliness; meanness; offensiveness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けんお]
    (n) disgust; hate; repugnance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かんぜんちょうあく]
    (n) rewarding good and punishing evil; a novel or drama with a rewarding-good-and-punishing-evil theme; moral purpose; morality play   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぜんあく]
    (n) good and evil   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • さ   [わるさ]
    (n) badness; mean mischief   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あくい]
    (n) ill will; malice; spite; evil intention; bad faith   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • きまりい   [きまりわるい]
    (adj) feeling awkward; being ashamed   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おかん]
    (n) chill; shakes; ague   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けんあく]
    (adj-na,n) dangerous; serious; gloomy; perilous; threatening; stormy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [わるぎ]
    (n) ill will; malice; evil intent; ill feeling; distrust   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょうあく]
    (adj-na,n) atrocious; fiendish; brutal; villainous   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • い   [わるがしこい]
    (adj) cunning; crafty; wily; sly   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぞうお]
    (n) hatred   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あくじ]
    (n) evil deed; crime; wickedness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あくしつ]
    (adj-na,n) bad quality; malignancy; vicious; malignant   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あくしゅう]
    (n) stink; bad odor; stench   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あくじゅんかん]
    (n) vicious circle   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あくじょ]
    (n) wicked or ugly woman   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さいあく]
    (adj-na,n) the worst   [K] [D] [Jisho]
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The sofware used to generate this kanji information uses the EDICT and KANJIDIC files. These files are the property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group at Monash University and are used in conformance with the Group's license.

NOTE: I converted the sources just mentioned years ago and have never really updated so there may be some missing or incorrect information that has been addressed in the original sources but not here.

The first Stroke Order image used on this page is courtesy of Ulrich Apel's excellent open source KanjiVG project. The second image is from the folks at the excellent Jisho Japanese-English dictionary site and it too is based on KanjiVG.

Classifying the kanji and popular vocabulary by the new JLPT levels was done by consulting Jonathan Waller‘s JLPT Resources page, renshuu, Wictionary, and Nihongo Ichiban.

The Henshall Mnemonics are the copyright of Tuttle Publishing and are the result of the hard work by Professor Henshall. See the list I used here.

If you are curious about the lexicography shown in the word definitions, visit the WWWJDIC abbreviations and codes guide and the JMdict/Edict Lexicographical details page.