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滅 means 'destroy'

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Strokes : 13    Frequency: 1025   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Challenge set: 5    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 36 words   Used in 117 words   Used in 4 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
On
   メツ
Kun
   ほろぼす to destroy   ほろびる to be destroyed
Kun    ほろ to be ruined
With 滅 you can cut a wide swath of destruction. A generous supply of sample sentences will teach you to talk about everything from wiping out whole towns to eradicating diseases, as well as the fall of the Roman empire, the crumbling of traditions, and the extinction of species. You'll also learn terms for "recklessness" and "chaos," even finding out how to say "I'll make it up to you."
This is a synopsis of Joy o' Kanji's in-depth essay on 滅
⿰   () water   fire dog  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 滅 is used 8 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 滅 is used 109 times, read 2 ways (with 1 variation).
メツ : 74 words FIND ALL
destruction; extinction
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メツ (read as めっ) : 27 words FIND ALL
1. thoughtless; reckless; careless; rash  (often written with kana only)
2. seldom (with neg. verb); rare  (see also: 滅多に, 滅多に無い; often written with kana only)
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ほろぼす : 8 words FIND ALL
'su' godan verb, transitive verb
to destroy; to overthrow; to wreck; to ruin
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Henshall: 1848  Joy o' Kanji : 1848  Key to Kanji:

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メツ   ほろぼす to destroy   ほろびる to be destroyed   
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スイ   みず water   
fire dog
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カ   fire   ひ    ほ-    
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eight
ジン   ニン   ひと man   
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いぬ dog; sign of the dog   
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#5, 5th   
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spear; javelin
イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
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