密 (Secret) - Meaning and history | Japanese Kanji

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secretprivateintimateprivacy

Kun readings 🇯🇵

ひそ.か

On readings 🇨🇳

みつ
密 (Secret) - Meaning and history | Japanese Kanji

The kanji 密 means secret, private, intimate, privacy.

All terms that contain 密 convey the idea of ​​closed, private, something that is not shared with many people.

In this post we learn in detail the meaning of 密, its origin, and how it is used through real example sentences.


Origin of the kanji 密

The kanji 密 is composed of three distinct elements: two kanji and one radical. Starting from the top of the kanji downwards we find:

  • 宀: radical indicating the roof
  • 必: kanji meaning certainly, surely, which in turn contains the kanji 心, heart or spirit
  • 山: kanji which is also a radical, meaning mountain

What does kanji mean 密

The kanji 密 indicates something intimate, private, secret. The terms that contain 密 convey the idea of ​​closed, secret, something that is not meant to be shared with many people, intimate, private.

Kanji readings 密

Let's now see the various On and Kun readings that the kanji 密 assumes.

Kun readings of the kanji 密 🇯🇵

ひそ.か

The reading ひそ is used for the term (ひそ)か, which means secret, private.

Some words that use the kanji 密 reading ひそ.か are:

  • (ひそ)やか: quiet

On readings of the kanji 密 🇨🇳

みつ

The reading みつ (or みっ) is used in combination with other kanji to indicate a sense of secrecy, closure, intimacy.

Some words that use the kanji 密 reading みつ are:

  • ()(みつ): secret
  • (みっ)(しつ): secret room
  • (しん)(みつ): intimacy, friendship
  • (みっ)(てい): spy

Examples of the kanji 密

これは()(みつ)

This is a secret.

この(じょう)(ほう)(ない)(みつ)にお(ねが)いします。

Please keep this information private.

こちらの(よう)()(みっ)(ぺい)(しき)です。

These containers are hermetically sealed.

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