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

stroke order illustration  
blow out
turn off
Bushu (Radical) Info: 水 (みず) – water
Henshall Mnemonic: water has vanished from our little moon
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 3
Frequency: #345 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  • える   [きえる]
    (v1) to go out; to vanish; to disappear   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [けす]
    (v5s) (1) to erase; to delete; (2) to turn off power; (3) to bump off (sl)   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  • しゴム   [けしゴム]
    (n) eraser; India rubber   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [しょうひ]
    (n,vs) consumption; expenditure   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうぼう]
    (n) fire fighting; fire department   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [しょうきょくてき]
    (adj-na) passive   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうどく]
    (n,vs) disinfection; sterilization   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうぼうしょ]
    (n) fire station   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [うちけす]
    (v5s) to deny; to negate; to contradict   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうもう]
    (n,vs) exhaustion; consumption   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [とりけす]
    (v5s) to cancel   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうか]
    (n,vs) digestion   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [しょうそく]
    (n) news; letter; circumstances   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • し   [うちけし]
    (n) (gram) negation; denial; negative   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [しょうか]
    (n,vs) fire fighting; extinguishing a fire   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうかき]
    (n) fire extinguisher   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうきょく]
    (n) negative; conservative   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • し   [とりけし]
    (n) cancellation; cancel (CAN)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうそくすじ]
    (n) informed circles   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうとう]
    (n,vs) putting out (switching off) the light; extinction   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうひざい]
    (n) consumer goods   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうひしゃ]
    (n) consumer   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • し   [ちょうけし]
    (n) cancellation; writing off   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうひぜい]
    (n) consumption tax   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうぼうしゃ]
    (n) fire-engine   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうぼうちょう]
    Fire and Disaster Management Agency (formerly: Fire Defense Agency)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まっしょう]
    (n,vs) erasure; delete (e.g. DEL character)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうめつ]
    (n,vs) (1) lapse; annihilation (physics); (2) extinguishment; termination (e.g. of legal representation)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • え   [たちぎえ]
    (n) die out; fall through   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • し   [うちけし]
    (n) (gram) negation; denial; negative   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [うちけす]
    (v5s) to deny; to negate; to contradict   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • し   [とりけし]
    (n) cancellation; cancel (CAN)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けしいん]
    (n) postmark; (postal) cancellation mark   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいしょう]
    (n,vs) cancellation; liquidation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうかき]
    (n) digestive organs   [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.