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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

  • 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]
  •   [たいせん]
    (n) waging war; competition   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たいせん]
    (n) great war; great battle   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

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

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  • オープン   [オープンせん]
    (n) exhibition game (baseball); open game   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • リーグ   [リーグせん]
    (n) league match   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いっせん]
    (n) battle; game; bout   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいせん]
    match; game   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいせん]
    (n) naval battle   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいせん]
    (n,vs) outbreak of war; starting a war   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かんせん]
    (n,vs) watching a (sports) game   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [くせん]
    (n) hard fight; close game   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げきせん]
    (n) fierce (hard-fought) battle; hot contest   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けっせん]
    (n,vs) decisive battle; deciding match; play-off   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうはんせん]
    (n) second half   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうせん]
    (n) war; battle; hostilities   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうしきせん]
    (n) regular game; pennant race   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうせん]
    (n,vs) resistance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かっせん]
    (n) battle; engagement   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こんせん]
    (n) free-for-all fight   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さんせん]
    (n) participation in a war   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じっせん]
    (n) combat; actual fighting   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅせん]
    (n) advocacy of war   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅうせん]
    (n) end of war; cessation of hostilities   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょせん]
    (n) first match (in a series)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょせん]
    (n) beginning of hostilities; beginning of competition   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうせん]
    (n) sales war   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じんみんせんせん]
    (n) popular front   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せかいたいせん]
    the World War   [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.