滅 means 'destroy'

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Strokes : 13    Frequency: 1025   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-10    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 37 words   Used in 117 words   Used in 4 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   ほろぼす to destroy   ほろびる to be destroyed
Kun    ほろ to be ruined
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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."
⿰   () 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
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ichidan verb, intransitive verb
to be ruined; to go under; to perish; to be destroyed
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An additional 9 less common words include 滅 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
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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ジン   ニン   ひと person   
いぬ dog; sign of the dog   
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number 5, 5th   
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tasseled spear
イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
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