尽 (Exhausted) - Meaning and history | Japanese Kanji

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exhaustedused completelymake the most ofdo ones bestlast day (of the month)

Kun readings 🇯🇵

つ.くす-つ.くす-づ.くし-つ.く-づ.く-ず.くつ.きるつ.かすさかづきことごと.くつかつき

On readings 🇨🇳

じんさん
尽 (Exhausted) - Meaning and history | Japanese Kanji

The kanji 尽 means exhausted, used completely, do ones best.

尽 is used in various expressions and as a suffix to add the meaning that something is absolute, complete, exhausted.

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


Origin of the kanji 尽

The kanji is quite simple, consisting of 2 radicals:

  • 尺: radical
  • 丶: radical

What does kanji mean 尽

The kanji 尽 is used to indicate something complete, exhausted, which has given everything and used all its energy or ability.

The kanji appears in the verb ()くす, which means to be used,to exhaust, to give ones best. This verb and its variations are then used in combination with other expressions to express something complete or exhausted.

Kanji readings 尽

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

Kun readings of the kanji 尽 🇯🇵

つ.くす

The reading つ is standard for kanji in the verb ()くす, which as we have seen means run out.

- つ.くす

The verb ()くす is often used as a suffix in combination with other expressions.

Some words that use kanji reading - つ.くす of the kanji 尽 are:

  • ()()くす: complete, at full capacity
  • ()()くす: consumed, burned to ashes

- ず.く

The reading ず is used for the term ()くめ, which is also a grammatical expression to indicate something that completes, entirely, all.

On readings of the kanji 尽 🇨🇳

じん

The reading じん is used in conjunction with other kanji to indicate something complete.

Some words that use the kanji 尽 reading じん are:

  • ()()(じん): irrational, absurd
  • (じん)(めつ): annihilation

Examples of the kanji 尽

(ぼく)(ぜん)(りょく)()くす。

I'll give it my all.

ロウソクが()()きた。

The candle burned out.

(りん)(どう)(ゆき)(おお)()くされていた。

The road in the forest was completely covered with snow.

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