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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 戈 (かのほこ) – halberd
Henshall Mnemonic: fight war with simple halberd
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 4
Frequency: #78 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N4 Words

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [たいせん]
    (n) great war; great battle   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たいせん]
    (n) waging war; competition   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • い   [たたかい]
    (n) battle; fight; struggle; conflict   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • う   [たたかう]
    (v5u) to fight; to battle; to combat; to struggle against; to wage war; to engage in contest   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [せんとう]
    (n,vs) battle; fight; combat   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんりょく]
    (n) war potential   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうせん]
    (n) truce; armistice   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はいせん]
    (n,vs) defeat; losing a war   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いくさ]
    (n) war; battle; campaign; fight   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょうせん]
    (n) challenge; defiance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんさい]
    (n) war damage   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さくせん]
    (n) military or naval operations; tactics; strategy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんじゅつ]
    (n) tactics   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [せんぜん]
    (n-adv,n-t) pre-war days   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうせん]
    (n) sales war   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かんせん]
    (n,vs) watching a (sports) game   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうせん]
    (n) war; battle; hostilities   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんせん]
    (n) participation in a war   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れんせん]
    (n) series of battles   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せっせん]
    (n) close combat; close contest   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [くせん]
    (n) hard fight; close game   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんち]
    (n) front (in battle)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんきょせん]
    election campaign   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんちゅう]
    (n) during the war   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れいせん]
    (n) cold war   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふせん]
    (n) anti-war; war renunciation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうしきせん]
    (n) regular game; pennant race   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぜんはんせん]
    first half of the game or match   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けっせん]
    (n,vs) decisive battle; deciding match; play-off   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんせん]
    (n) declaration of war   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんぱん]
    (n) (abbr) war criminal   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんぴ]
    (n) war expenditures   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんぽう]
    (n) tactics; strategy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんぼつ]
    (n) death in battle; killed in action   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょせん]
    (n) beginning of hostilities; beginning of competition   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんゆう]
    (n) comrade in arms; war buddy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんりゃく]
    (n) strategy; tactics   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ろんせん]
    (n) verbal dispute   [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.