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Is there a differance between 戦 and 闘?

Xeneth
Asked 6 years ago

I know there are a few others, but wondering if there is a Specific time each is written.

Know someone who might be able to answer this question?

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Good question!

Even some Japanese people are not sure about the differences between these two kanji, but according to some reliable sites, it looks like there are differences!

The first 戦 is usually used to describe a relatively big fight such as a war between two countries. This kanji has meaning of "weapons", so if the people in the fight are armed, it is appropriate to use this kanji.

On the other hand, the kanji 闘 is used when you talk about a relatively small fight such as a fight between two people.  This kanji does not mean "weapons," so a fight which does not involve any weapons can be described with this kanji.  You can use this kanji to talk about an athletic compatition, too.


Hope this helps!

Masako
Answered 6 years ago

is "Buki" not weapon? Ikusa is one of the definition another book has for this kanji, and I took that to mean war. Found this after posting the question.

Xeneth
Commented 6 years ago

Yes, "buki" (武器) is the word for weapon. I meant that 戦 has meaning of weapon, and not weapon itself. 戦 tends to be used to describe a war which involves real weapons. Almost all kanji can have several meanings depending on how they are used. 戦 is read "ikusa" and it means "war," but 戦 can be used in different ways with different kanji. I would recommend you NOT to learn kanji alone. It would be easier and useful if you learn them as your learning vocabularies.

Masako
Commented 6 years ago

Just the "instant gratification" I am accustumed to with the internet. I ask about something I happen across. :)

Xeneth
Commented 6 years ago