Random Kanji Knowledge: Zetsubou

Random Kanji Knowledge time!

Today’s kanji is 絶望, which is ready as zetsubou (zet-sue-boh). 絶望 means “despair/hopelessness.”

絶 refers to “cutting off/severing.”

望 is the symbol for “hope/ambition.”

So basically, the kanji compound represents cutting off hope, and hence the dark meaning of despair.

The stroke order for 絶望 is shown below.

Kanji drawing map


Kanji drawing map

Have you been experiencing any feelings of  絶望 lately? 😦


2 thoughts on “Random Kanji Knowledge: Zetsubou

  1. Ariana Alexander September 24, 2013 / 8:04 am

    It sucks that the kanji means “to cut off all hope”, but I still really like this site!


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